One Ron Howard is good at is car films. He learned under Roger Corman, with Eat My Dust and Grand Theft Auto. Now, so many years later, Opie has grown up to make Rush (2013).
Early on, we decided this was Howard's Grand Prix. It's based on the true-life story of two rival Formula One drivers. Chris Hemsworth plays the cool, handsome British playboy, and Daniel Brühl plays the abrasive methodical Austrian, self-described asshole. The movie depicts their rivalry, especially the the classic 1976 season.
The racing is great in this, as well as the details of the racing strategy - over the season, it may not be the most first place finishes, but the most points that wins. The rivalry is fun and interesting - we didn't know who to root for, because both characters were kind of jerks and yet totally cool.
The racing is pretty amazing, but somehow it doesn't register the same way as it did in, say, Le Mans. Maybe we just expect more now from digital production.
Anyway, a fun racing movie, a great story. We liked it a lot.