I forget which review, but Dan Carlson once wrote a very apt description of Ron Howard: He has absolutely no personal style. No signature shots. Nothing that distinguishes him. If not for the fact that his name were on the credits, you’d probably never know you were watching a Ron Howard movie. That’s not entirely to Howard’s detriment, however: He stands out of the way. He lets the screenplay and the actors do all the heavy lifting. Howard is a good organizer, and if he has a good script and a solid cast, he can make a good (but almost never great) film, but Howard is not the guy that’s going to salvage bad writing.
It’s hard to know what to think of Rush, the first mainstream racing car film we’ve seen in a while. It’s based on the true story of the Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life, and it’s got a solid cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, two “Game of Thrones” cast members (Natalie Dormer and Tom Wlaschiha), Daniel Brühl in the lead role, and Olivia Wilde. The trailer looks like a Ron Howard trailer: , which is to say: Totally competent! It could go either way.
Unfortunately, I cannot see a racing car anymore without thinking of The Insanity Test.