The film is a great comedy, character study, and tragedy that diagnoses the spreading rot of the United States without losing its sexy, empathetic cool.
A solidly attractive transfer from Twilight Time of a key film in the American New Wave of the late 1960s and ‘70s.
Dispensing with all notions that Days of Thunder is a critical work of any sort reveals its hollow and misogynistic underpinnings.
The film has an engagingly profane, scruffy looseness, a hallmark of Hal Ashby and Robert Towne’s careers, that undermines the conventions of the narrative.
Essential viewing, if not only for its edutainment factor, but for the dynamism and felt resonance of its maker’s bounding enthusiasms.