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I rented August Rush a few days ago with good expectations, I just
heard wonderful things about this film, so I was excited to see it. I
watched the film last night and I am very much in love with this movie,
everything about it was just so sweet and lovely. This movie reminded
me of the story of Oliver Twist, it's a different take on the story
with the power of music and just listening. The cast, the story, the
editing, the direction, the music, nothing is off about August Rush.
Freddie Highmore has such an incredible talent for such a young age,
but his face says so much and his acting is just perfect and makes the
audience just fall in love with him. Keri Russell is just pulling in
one great performance to another, from Waitress to August Rush, she's
just lovely. We also have the talented Jonathan Rhys Meyers from the
Tudors, the incredible Terrence Howard, then a disturbing yet memorable
performance from Robin Williams.
Evan Taylor is an orphan who is just convinced that he can hear his parent's music, that they do want him and he goes out to find them. Lyla and Louis, Evan's parents, were two young people who found a strong connection and had a one night stand, but Lyla's father takes her away from Louis and when a horrible accident happens, Lyla's father lies to her telling her that her baby died, but behind her back puts the baby up for adoption. Evan is set to find his parents but come across a musical group of kids, who are making money for Wizzard, when Evan plays music, it's magical, Wizzard exposes Evan giving him a new name, August Rush and makes money off of him. But when Lyla finds out about her son being alive, she goes to New York to find him, Louis starts thinking about Lyla and finds out where she lives, Chicago, but when he finds out she's gone, he goes to New York to relive his band days, instead they find each other and the musical genius their love created.
August Rush is one of the first films of the year that I'm rating a perfect 10, because there is nothing wrong with this film, to be honest, I think it deserves a higher rating than a 7.4. Is this a masterpiece? No, I'm not sure if it will be remembered several years from now, but I do know that this was a great movie and I would be so happy to watch it again. It's perfect for the family to watch, it's perfect for a group of friends, or just even for yourself if you are looking for a good movie to watch. August Rush is a movie that I'm sure will work it's way into your heart, it's a magical film that is absolutely perfect.
And this is why my will should be more highly regarded. What to say,
other than that this is the kind of sappy, melodramatic garbage that's
more fit for Sunday afternoon viewing on the Hallmark channel? Let's
begin with the plot, which actually doesn't exist. The movie simply
rambles aimlessly from one episode to the next, shamelessly invoking
deus ex machina when needed. In some ways it feels like something Terry
Gilliam might have made in his absolute nadir after downing bottles of
I suppose you could call this movie character driven, but those characters are depressingly shallow. Some of them, such as the one played by Robin Williams, are severely irritating and detract from little the movie has going for it. There is no point in going into too much detail here, but this brings me to the Robin Williams corollary; the man hasn't been involved in an above-average movie in over a decade. It stands to mention that only a small minority of the past decades' films featuring Williams are even actually average.
So in summary; I want my money back. In fact, I want more than my money back; I considered my time watching this movie as working. It was a truly herculean effort not to walk out. Shouldn't I be rewarded for that?
I am writing this as an alternate viewpoint to the praise heaped on
this film over these pages. Bottom line, the film is inoffensive, but
really not very substantive entertainment-wise or message-wise. It
starts with a CGI treatment of a wheat field on the opening credits,
which looks distractingly silly. It weakly conveys that the main
character (a boy named Evan Taylor) believes he has some kind of
control over the field, but it falls short of the intended correlation
to his sensation of "music everywhere" which is better illustrated
later in the film. The story set up is VERY slow and heavy-handed in
establishing Evan's beliefs about one day finding his parents. Only
half way through the film does there begin to be any appreciable
progress with regard to the plot. Sure, things happen to the
characters, but nothing really connects the audience to their emotion.
On the positive side, Robin Williams appears in this film in a role that is suited for him and that he plays in a restrained and powerful way. His character is the least trite, although you can somewhat "see him coming" from the moment he enters. Another highlight is the character of "Arthur X" a child musician who basically drives the plot forward all on his own for most of the second act. One senses that this actor Leon G. Thomas is capable of much more than the "official black ghetto kid" dialog he is given. Terrence Howard turns in an elegant performance with his portrayal of a caring social worker. Overall, the film doesn't require a *little* imagination or suspension of disbelief, it requires whole re-calibrations of reality from scene to scene. Not that you would think it's true-to-life, but it doesn't even make sense within its own parameters. Lastly, the music is all over the place thematically, stylistically and not cohesively or meaningfully - although there are some great players performing. An interesting concept for a film, but I found nothing to take away from it. If you want to see a feel-good film in this genre done correctly, check out Serendipity.
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OK, i was undecided about this movie the poster looks OK, the plot
summary somewhat interesting, and i need to watch something inspiring.
knowing how predictable such a movie can be, i check comments here
before heading to the theatres well, i think the movie is nothing
spectacular, i was not moved or impressed i don't have high
expectation, just want to go along with a heart warming story but
nowhere in the movie was there a moving moment first, the love story.
well, simply put, there was nothing to it, just guy meet girl, both out
of no where. one night stand, that's it. both went about their lives
after that, for 11 years next, the main character, his life was just
boring, yes, poor kid, waiting for his parents to come and get him,
that's it followed by robbin williams, didn't even know he is in this
movie till the movie started and saw his name at the opening credits
then, boy search parents, nothing to get viewers excited movie moves in
to boost drama, boy gets to play music. up to this point, the music etc
was nothing spectacular one boring scene to another and the search is
over i was really hoping for some great music at least at the end,
nothing, the ending was short (good & bad) and lack impact i know at
many points, the director was trying to show how string the connection
& love is between the 2 people who spent something like 10 hours
together and made a baby genius.
i know the director was trying to show how talented the boy is when he writes, thinks, composes his music, but i just don't feel it at all the theatre was some 25-35% full, and nobody connected with the movie by the way, viewers were a good mix of adults, professionals, students and housewives, everybody was just glad this boring movie was over
I was more-than-willing to give this a good shot and enjoy a nice
feel-good film starring the likable Freddie Highmore ("Charlie," of
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" fame). However, when I start
hearing 10- year-old uneducated street urchins talking with
vocabularies like college professors and saying things that no little
kid would say, I get turned off. Add to that more Hollywood
politically-correctness and low morality.....and so much for the nice,
The sweet-looking "good girl" of the story meets a guy on the roof of a building, sleeps with 20 minutes later. They agree to meet somewhere the next day but her parents whisk her back to where she came from, and the two don't connect. Nine months later the baby arrives right when the mother has a car accident. The father says the kid died but really he had given the boy to child services.
Meanwhile, the boy - now 11 and living in an orphanage - runs off to New York City somehow figuring that magically, through hearing music, he'll meet his parents. Sound a little far out? Yeah, it is, and even more so as you see if play out.
It's a nice message of young boy never losing faith that he would meet his parents some day but the way he eventually does is so ridiculous, so far out, so unrealistic.....that it insults your intelligence. This turns out to be an Oliver Twist wannabe that isn't even close to the latter in quality and believability. Robin Williams as a "wizard" ("Fagin" in "Oliver Twist") ought to tell you something.
Meanwhile, "Evan" (Highmore) meets up with this street kid ("Arthur," played by Leon Thomas) is verbally annoying as hell...and things progress from there. There are so many plot holes and contrivances in this film, you couldn't count them all. Examples? Well, the kid learns about sheet music one day and two hours later he's written compositions that would make Beethoven proud. Later, he gets accepted to the Julliard School of Music despite the fact he has no credentials or background on who he is and where he's from!!
If you have any brain at all, this movie is a slap-in-the-face to you.
This is one of the best movie i have ever seen . It touches deep inside my soul .It will make you fall in love and will make you cry . It is a beautiful story about love and hope . It has a fairytale element in it so you need to have a great imagination to understand it . The music in it is just amazing and it really add life to the movie . I can easily say this is the best musical film i have ever seen . The movie tells a story of a orphan boy who is a musical genius and who believes that his parents will find one day . In the end all i can say that it is a perfect movie to watch with your family , with friends or even alone for a magical and unforgettable experience .
Now I have composed myself, Im ready to leave a comment after watching
this great film "August Rush" Im a married man of 38, and not ashamed
to say, this film brought me to tears, not tears of sadness, but tears
of joy.! I actually sobbed at the end. This film really struck a chord
in my soul. Great storyline, yes, you need an creative imagination, but
that's what makes the wonder of a movie. Just let yourself go, and
follow the path of this great storyline, be it completely off beat, and
far from the norm in the respect of films of late, what we are lead to
be the norm. Let your heart open. If you are a true music fan,
musician, or even love soundtracks in the sense of Instrumentals, then
this film will be a hit with you.
No film, in years of my life have touched me the way this film has, how has this film gone under the radar for so long? Watch it, and enjoy!
August Rush is, from one vantage point, a quintessentially mainstream
film. It's a feel-good movie. As such, it's slickly polished into
something that will be digestible to a wide audience - the downside of
which is that somewhat generic quality that pervades films which swim
safely in the shallow end of the pool. Of course, being commercial
doesn't make a film bad. This one will have its audience, and there is
enough emotion and good intention there to give the right movie-goer
the quasi catharsis he or she is looking for.
To my mind, though, this film has a fundamental, glaring problem. It centers itself thematically around music, yet it demonstrates a thorough lack of musical understanding. People who have never considered nor been exposed to the processes behind music might not notice a problem, but to those who have, the film's central character will more closely resemble a comic-book-superhero version of a musician than any musician, genius or no, who has ever lived.
This young lad's extraordinary ability (to reach professionalism at any instrument, and even theory\notation, within seconds of coming into contact with it for the first time) is only a symptom of the problem. Another is the film's complete lack of effort to realistically correlate the music being produced with the way the instruments are being played. For instance, the camera may close in on a hand playing ascending notes on a piano, and yet we hear descending notes. Or more glaringly, an intricate song may be formed by swinging both arms at the strings of a guitar without even dealing with frets. In another scene, synthetic sounds are used in the score to represent real instruments being played.
This sort of thing is common in a lot of commercial cinema, and I can usually accept it. The reason I can't here is that this film purports to be ABOUT music, yet is entirely ignorant and pedestrian in its representation of it.
Floating somewhere near the heart of the problem is the fact that neither the music in the film, nor the film's fallacious representation of the musical process, does anything to convey the true depth and power of music, even remotely, despite some early dialog which suggested it may at least scratch the surface. To every musician watching the film, it will be glaringly obvious that the director is not a musician, nor truly passionate about music, and should therefore not have directed the film.
Here, in my belief, lies the biggest mistake of the Hollywood system - When the primary force determining what project gets made, and by whom, is money, filmmakers are rarely expressing their own voice. I don't remember the last time I saw a Hollywood film which genuinely felt like it was the vision of an artist who really had something to say.
Perhaps this film actually was written by someone who loves and understands music and wanted to convey something about it, but the fact that you can't tell simply by watching the film is a testament to its failure.
I must add to the posted at the top Remay 1. There is nothing worse
than a musical snob. Your review made me cringe. Who on earth do you
think you are. If you think the music is rubbish to must have a serious
hearing disorder. I suggest you go away and be superior somewhere else.
You are utterly pathetic.
August Rush I had heard good word of mouth from cinema goers but this was slated by some heavyweight critics. Well all I can say is I don't feel angry at such negative reviews for such a magnificent film I feel sorry for people like French who must be so cynical and cold hearted that he just cannot see a film of great beauty anymore or suspend disbelief. The IMDb rating bucked the critics reviews with an average 7.5 which is a high mark.
My question is HOW CAN SO MANY CRITICS GET IT SO SO WRONG !.
Now this World is full of cynics who will no doubt call me a sentimental old sod but this film knocked me sideways and is the best film I have seen for at least 4 years.
It is about an orphan who was taken from his mother without her knowledge after a 1 night stand. The father does not know of his existence and the mother thinks he's dead. The parents are both musical supremo's in their own rights. The parents never see each other again. Anyway the boy wants to find his parents through the power of music and love. He escapes the orphanage 11 years later to his search for this parents.
It all culminates in Central Park, New York when the parents are drawn to a concert August Rush has written. Coincidences have to be accepted in good faith and by the time of the reunion at the end I felt a tear rolling down my cheek for the first time for many years at a film such was its beauty. This is a film that strikes a chord with me for many reasons and is installed in my top 10 of all time and to hell with what the critics say. Stunning and beautiful.
I give it 2 stars out of 10. One star for the minimum score that you
get for being a movie, and one star for Jamia Simone Nash singing. The
rest of it was terrible.
Maybe I am biased because of the man in the theatre who snored for the last half of it (nobody had the heart to wake him up, and he probably enjoyed his two hours more than the rest of us). To begin with, the plot is ridiculous. The story is taken directly from Oliver Twist, but the actual events, it isn't even believable in the fairytale context that it is told.
The central love story is based on a night of rooftop sex with strangers who have about 3 minutes of the corniest lines I could possibly come up with before going at it like guinea pigs in heat: Who are you Lyla?" She pauses, smiles then looks off in the distance, "I'm just.. me." And it just goes on and on like that.
The rest of the movie is filled with similar vomit inducing dialogue; I don't know how many times "You've got to believe in your music" was repeated.
Most of the characters are cardboard cutouts: There's rich cellist girl with overbearing father, brooding punk rocker, inner city black kid who talks just like you'd expect, and perpetually dazed and confused skinny white kid who gets picked on but always follows his dream.
The cinematography is mostly boring and standard, what you might see in a car commercial or something similarly mundane. The music isn't bad, but whenever it come on, it sidetracks the movie for another 5 minutes rather than contributes to it.
Lastly, I found the movie incredibly racist as well. If you are white, you fall in love, follow your dreams and go to Juilliard. You might fall on tough times and meet some black people, but you will be later raised up to the position that you deserve. If you are black, you can be a social worker or a panhandler, and sleep in a church or a condemned theatre.
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