Hello and welcome back to Thursday Movie Picks, the weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves where you share three movies to fit the theme of the week each Thursday.
I think at some point in our lives we all have had a rival. Whether school/job or love related, I think it's the human nature to have a rival. Let's be honest, it makes things more interesting, especially on the job/school department. That's what pushes us to do our best, isn't it? Am I rambling? Anyway, here's my picks.
It is about the real-life rivalry between F1 drivers James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. I was very excited about this film when it came out because I've been a F1 fan since I was 10 and although I'm too young to have seen the rivalry in real time, I knew the troubled relationship between the two pilots and I was pleasantly surprised with Ron Howard's movie. It's well done and the performances from Hemsworth and Brühl are good. Also, Brühl really looks like Lauda.
The Prestige (2006)
It follows stage magicians Robert Angier and Alfred Borden as they try to outwit and destroy one another. This film is complex, engaging and thrilling. Basically everything one would expect from Christopher Nolan. The nonlinear storyline is perfect to build tension and the acting is phenomenal, with the exception of Scarlett Johansson. Oh, I almost forgot, there's also the rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. It's not the focus of the film but it's well done. And I can't believe so many people didn't know Nikola Tesla was a real person. Seriously, where has everybody been living? Under a rock?
Rocky II (1979)
And about rocks, this film seems Rocky as he tries to clear his name by accepting Apollo Creed's challenge after becoming an embarrassment. Although it is not as original and good as the first film, I love this one because it represents the peak of Rocky and Apollo's rivalry. And to my big surprise, Stallone developed the characters even further, giving Adrian and Rocky Junior a bigger role without being overly sentimental. I never thought I'd say this, but kudos to Stallone.