Finally saw it tonight – absolutely blew me away. It exceeded my expectation by miles.
The best thing about the movie was the tone, the style. The dangers of motorsport, the mentality, clothing, cars, the music, the directing, it all fits together perfectly.
The story itself was a bit Hollywoodized, as expected of course. Still, it had some great geeky things too. One of my favourite scenes was the drivers’ briefing at the Nürburgring, trying to recognize the drivers (“that’s Pescarolo, I recognize that beard anywhere…”).
I have to say, I was a bit disappointed the story line focussed on Hunt and Lauda so much. Of course, there is enough material from the 1976 season to form a trilogy (way too much for one film!), but things like the only victory for the six-wheeler or the only victories for Penske went a bit amiss unfortunately.
Overall, a brilliant movie. I saw it with two other: one knows a little bit, the other doesn’t really know much about F1, but both really enjoyed it as well. And I guess that’s the strength of this movie, it is aimed at a wide audience, but it isn’t dummied down to a level that annoys the fans.