August Rush
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August Rush 2007

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents...

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heart touching movie.
Great movie. :)

I loved this movie :D. The music was very nice. Then again, a lot of the movies I usually like are generally low-rated movies :(.


Erm, I think someone needs to edit the description as it basically is the summary of the whole movie.

Me: I'm really looking forward to the film.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: You'll like it. It's a beautiful film.



The film is also quite good at visually conveying this, opening with a stunning scene(the trailers main hook for me) of Freddy Highmore in a field of green, the tall grass slowly moving back and forth. That, and the wondrous filming of NYC really convey a sense of surrealism.



Finally, there are the problems. The script is really the weak link here. Logically, anyone who has been to or lived in New York City will know that most of the traveling that is done is not possible. Yes, it is nothing new and even the academy award wining films do it, but it still doesn't change that fact we see Freddie Highmore in three different squares (Times, Union, and Washington) in a matter of five minutes. It's a minor note, and if that had been the only problem of the film, I would have been willing to forgive it, but alas, there's more. The character robin Williams plays is completely underwritten, unnecessary, and clich
** AUGUST RUSH - What a bizarre movie. It's basically an update of Oliver Twist, except that August hears music in his head and follows the moon. He and his parents (who only spent 1 night together and don't know he's alive) communicate through music - sort of. Add in Robin Williams doing his over-the-top schtick as a modern day Fagin and you've got a perplexing film indeed. Some people love this, but I can't really recommend it. Still, it is too good-natured to hate and Keri Russell as the mother looks good. It opens 11/21.

A contemporary reimagining of Oliver, the sixties-era musical based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, August Rush fails on almost any level of believability or credulity, focusing as it does, on the semi-magical journey of a preteen musical prodigy as he searches for his long-lost parents in a fairy-tale version of New York. As directed by Kirsten Sheridan (In America), there's rarely an authentic moment in August Rush, but what August Rush doesn't have story wise, it makes up for through Sheridan's surprisingly deft direction, appealing performances, and a moving score by Mark Mancina that takes in classical, folk, rock, gospel, and avant-garde music.

Eleven-year old Evan Taylor (Freddie Highmore), a musical prodigy, dreams of meeting his biological parents. Stuck in an orphanage in upstate New York, Evan refuses to be considered for a foster home or adoption, despite the bullying he undergoes every day or the efforts by a compassionate social worker, Richard Jeffries (Terrence Howard). Evan is right, of course. His musically gifted parents, Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell), a classically trained cellist, and Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Irish rocker, met twelve years earlier in New York City. Lyla became pregnant, but didn't tell Louis. Louis was left heartbroken after Lyla's impresario father Thomas (William Sadler) refused to accept him. Thomas convinces Lyla that Evan died in childbirth.

In the present, Lyla lives in and teaches music in Chicago. Louis has moved to Los Angeles, where he's given up his musical aspirations for a business career. Spurred to action by the music he hears around him, Evan leaves the orphanage and hitchhikes to New York City. Evan meets Arthur (Leon G. Thomas III), a young street musician, whom he trails to Arthur's "home," an abandoned theater where other musically oriented runaways live under Wizard's (Robin Williams) tutelage. Evan picks up Arthur's guitar and, almost miraculously, plays like a seasoned pro. Wizard, of course, sees an opportunity and dubs his new prot
I'm still not sure what sort of logic this movie follows. While the filmmakers resist giving into a typical Hollywood payoff and leave you to imagine the family reunion, the rest of the movie seems to rely on every clich
To make things simple if you like music then you will like this movie. Freddie Highmore plays the lead role in this film and he does a wonderful job. He has really shown that he is one of the best child actors around. Freddie plays Evan aka August Rush and he lives at an orphanage for boys. He knows that he has parents and he can feel them through the music that they play. He goes out to look for them in New York City. While there he meets another young boy named Arthur. Arthur and some other kids make a living playing music around the city for a man named Wizard played by Robin Williams. Wizard may seem like a nice guy and everything but in the long run hes just trying to use the kids to make his money. Terrence Howard plays a social worker he tries to help Evan find his parents and at the same time try to help Evan's mom find him. The film is just so wonderfully made. It shows how kids these days can get abused and how bad it really is to be an orphan. It also shows how much you can appreciate music and how music can really bring people together. If your a fan of music go watch this movie I can assure you that you will like this movie.
"It's a modern day fable with a timeless message, and it comes across so well that I never once stopped to consider how implausible it is."

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My opinion on a movie depends largely on my mood at the time of my veiwing. Sometimes sappy can be good...sandwiched in-between the likes of Gone Baby Gone and No Country for Old Men, August Rush made the perfect filling. This may sound odd given that each of the first two films I mentioned appear on my "five best of the year" list, but everyone needs a light-hearted, feel good break from the bleakness of most "oscar-worthy" movies. Thanks to the pure likability of the entire cast, August Rush will leave you feeling good long after you exit the theater.

Sure, the plot has holes, the ending is too cheesy, and the premise is borderline unbelievable, but who really cares. It is a valuable and important skill, while in theaters, to be able to push logic under your seat and not let it bother you for no more than a couple of hours...in fact, for certain films it is vital. You can pick it back up on your way out. You just need a break, and so does logic. Are you following me...of course not, I am not being logical. Oh, now your head is spinning? Let's move on.

The entire cast, led by Keri Russel, Jonathan RhysMeyers, and Freddie Highmore, is what I would call charming. There is nothing flashy about any of the characters, and this is why they can so easily be identified with. Robin Williams and Terrance Howard also give solid performances. Williams in his creepiest and saddest role since One Hour Photo plays a homeless "father" to several orphaned children. He forces his love of music onto them and tries to use them more or less to help himself.

The music throughout the entire film is outstanding. From well-known tunes to original songs, the soundtrack keeps the rythm for a film that constantly pulls at the old heartstrings and makes no effort to hide it. Somehow, it succeeds...Forbidden love. Unexpected child. Broken hearts, ect. We have heard it all before, but it never hurts to hear it again...only every once in a while. August Rush was an important "once" in a while for me.