Music is everywhere. It’s in everything. It’s life.
And Evan knows it.
Music is in him. All he has to do is let it out and maybe his parents will hear it and come. He’s never known his parents. He doesn’t even know what they look like. But he knows they will come. If they hear his music, they’ll come.
The moon tells him to follow the music and Evan does. He runs away from the boys’ orphan home and straight into New York City. He meets Arthur, and the Wizard, and his name changes to August Rush.
And he finds a guitar.
He has the music. All he has to do now is play it, play it loud and clear, and wait for his parents to come.
In My opinion…
Company: Warner Brothers
August Rush is a sweet movie, a little improbable but sweet all the same.
Being about music, I really wanted to see it. Besides, it had Freddie Highmore (Charlie, from Charlie in the Chocolate Factory) and Robin Williams (Jumunji, voice in Aladdin, Happy Feet, and too many more). I figured it would be a good watch. And it was. It was fun, light, sweet, with a flood of passionate music. But it was improbable.
I’ll commend the story, even the acting, but there were holes and moments when you think, “Really? Come on.” It wouldn’t end up as a “favourite movie ever!”, but I definitely recommend it for one watch. It has serious and sad themes, and a good splattering of reality. Really, if you think about it, it’s a very sad movie. About being alone. The need to find those who love you. Letting out passion in music. Finding your place in the world. A journey of discovery.
Music is everywhere. My favourite part of the whole movie is when August Rush starts conducting his rhapsody and you can hear his whole life in the music. Street sounds. Singing. The wind. It’s so well done! And when August Rush plays the guitar? That is amazing! I mean, who wouldn’t want to play a guitar by just bashing it and hear amazing notes and chords come out? No, the actor didn’t actually play the music himself, but you can play the guitar like that. (I had to check.) But the movie did change my mind about guitars. They’re not so bad.
If the plot had some holes, the acting did too. Robin Williams didn’t have a part as a comedian, so his part came across kind of insipid. I did like it how the “Oliver Twist” theme made a little appearance. Clever.
The music of the movie was my favourite part (aside from his “dad’s” rock band, because that is not my style). Since I am a music-addict myself, I did enjoy the movie. So sweet. Sad but sweet. And I got really excited (for some reason) when August Rush’s “Mum” played her cello concerto and I recognized the classical piece! Love that piece.
I highly recommend the movie for its music side. Child prodigies are fascinating and amazing all at once. But I won’t rate it as a stunner.