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There have been strong reactions to this movie, both positive and
negative. A lot of criticisms stem from the unbelievable nature of
several plot points, which I find strange seeing as this movie has very
little to do with reality. To cut to the chase, opinions that this
movie is "worthless" or "crap" should be safely discarded as rubbish
immediately. This is actually a solid film, even if it has flaws. There
is, however, a certain public that will be turned off by the fantasy
aspects and Disney-like elements found here.
The story follows a young boy raised in institutions and desperately wanting to meet his parents, which he knows nothing about. He is driven by his gift and passion for sounds and music. Parallel stories featuring his parents are also told and intersected in this movie. The direction here by Kirsten Sheridan is solid if we except the beginning of the movie, where the quick exposition to the characters and situation is absolutely awful and 80-ish in its rendition. In fact, Sheridan's main weakness seems to be in how to intersect the various bits and characters of the plot. But everything else is appropriate and on target.
The cast is solid, starting with teenager Freddie Highmore. While Highmore doesn't turn a Dakota Fanning or Haley Joel Osment performance, he is endearing and most of the time, totally believable as our main character. Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell are great and their scenes together showcase very effective chemistry, which was definitely required. Terrence Howard continues to slowly rise in Hollywood as an actor who should be taken seriously. Finally, Robin Williams has a turn as a stereotypical "fairy tale baddie" that may seem over the top but is right on target for this genre.
But the biggest star of this film is probably music. To make this movie work and rise above countless feel-good movies, great, inspired music was required and fortunately, we get it in spades here. From rock to classical to soundtrack ambiances, everything here is well-meshed together, if a little artificial. Lovers of music will be more than satisfied, while actual musicians may be a wee bit disappointed by the treatment. It's still way, way above average. It's very, very good as a matter of fact.
I tremendously enjoyed August Rush, even with its small flaws. And I do believe those who couldn't get past those flaws are either missing the point, or simply do not enjoy this genre to begin with. Family-friendly entertainment has been a neglected genre, plagued with very poor entries that are totally uninspiring if we except a few movies. Lately, it seems we're seeing improvement and some thoughts put into the art of crafting good movies of this type. August Rush certainly exemplifies this and I recommend it strongly.
This movie blew my expectations out! I wasn't expecting a lot in the
first place, thinking maybe this is another of those simple
inspirational yet touching movie... however, what I didn't realize is
how rich the movie is in terms of the originality of the plot and its
You will definitely enjoy this movie when watching with your loved ones or if you are an avid music lover. Music featured in the song ranges from Classicals to Rock, which is what made me fell so in love with.
The movie was also gripping! Hope for the better life that we're all expecting from August Rush just keeps us on the edge of our seat..!
This is a movie not to be missed, and because this blows my mind so much, I decided to give it FULL MARKS!
Imagine a modern version of Oliver Twist, add beautiful classical and
rock music and finish the mix with a somewhat predictable, but
nevertheless intriguing love story and "August Rush" is the best that
you can possible make out of it.
By watching the opening scene, showing Freddie Highmore in a corn field, I already suspected this could become something very special. It is not very often that a movie kept me hooked from start to end while forgetting everything around me, but "August Rush" pulled it of. The main reason for this is the music and the way how music is interweaved with the plot and that is what makes this movie unique. I have never seen or heard anything like it and I sincerely hope that I'll one day watch a movie that does an even better job. Freddie Highmore, who also performed admirably in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", is one of the very few 14-year old actors that can really act without any awkward moments. Jonathan Rhys Myers and Kerri Russell also perform flawlessly and the rest of the cast does an excellent job as well. It was very interesting to see Robin Williams in a role that was somewhere between good guy, which is his regular role, and bad guy. Saying much more about this could spoil the movie and I definitely don't want that...
This is one of those movies where I'm simply not in the mood for finding something to criticize it. But lets get over that for a few moments and look at the few flaws that are in present in this movie. Basically, the movie is a bit predictable and it has some corny elements in it. When you're about halfway in the movie, then most of the plot will be clear to the majority of viewers. However, I'm not going to let this gem of a movie lose any points for that, because most viewers will be so captivated by the movie that they will hardly (or not at all) notice.
The target group for this movie is a bit difficult to assess. It's not the "Fast and the furious" crowd that wants to see this, neither is it a real kids movie or a real chick flick. Perhaps it's better to categorize this movie as being targeted at people of all ages, that love music and want to see a feel-good movie with beautiful music and top notch acting. For these people this movie is highly, highly recommended! 10* out of 10
I saw this one on an airline trip and I am glad I didn't waste $4
renting it. It had horrible acting, over-cliché'd roles (gotta have the
token ghetto black kids and a baptist church), an undeveloped plot
(little filler to explain the boy's childhood or how he got his gift),
and an overbearing, repetitive musical score. In addition, the one
night stand between Rush's parents seemed SO implausible. (especially
since both were sober.) This was a sugary sweet, chick flick done VERY
poorly. Even external characters were badly acted. Robin William's
character was unrealistic and not menacing enough. Heck, this one was
stolen right out of oliver twist. The child placement agency didn't
really seem to be too active in looking for the missing Rush....
overall it was very, very mildly entertaining, but don't waste your $ on a rental. Wait until it is released for TV.
With a star cast that consisted of Robin Williams, Terence Howard,
Jonathan Rhys Meyers and one of the biggest star kids in Hollywood
-Freddie Highmore, a story about a musical genius, it has to be a
brilliant movie, hasn't it? Wrong. Instead, this is by far the
cheesiest, most predictable trash I have seen this year. Jonathan Rhys
Meyers sleepwalks through the movie and the Irish angle that did
wonders for Gerard Butler in PS - I love you, only ends up sounding
clichéd here.There is no hint of romance between the lead pair. Freddie
Highmore who did wonders in movies such as Finding Neverland and
Charlie and Chocolate factory, just comes up looking like a kid who has
no clue what he is doing. Robbin Williams is entirely wasted in a role
that neither has the melancholic undertones that it ought to, nor the
dilemma his character must have had. Terence Howard manages to look
serious and mournful through out the movie, and while those very traits
did wonders for him in Crash and Hustle and Flow, here, they only make
you wonder what he is even doing in the movie.
The final verdict? While the makers seem to been successful in assembling a powerful star cast, if only they had paid half as bit importance to the script, they would have a much more watchable movie.
Chances are, you will yawn when you see the kid in the field for the first time, and right through the movie till the credits roll.
5 on 10.
This is one of the worst movies I've seen. I signed up for IMDb especially to review it, because I think it has an incredibly high rating for the total rubbish it is. I decided to watch this movie based on that and I can honestly say it doesn't deserve it. Though I'm rather cynical I have enjoyed some 'fairy-taley' movies, but this one fails on every level. It has a disgustingly non-believable plot, a wholly indolent protagonist (actually the whole cast seems to go about with no commitment to the film whatsoever), an utter lack of any personality and a shallow treatment of everything. It is a film where music plays a very prominent role, and the soundtrack is totally forgettable. There many other good movies around, don't watch this one.
August Rush is those sickly mawkish movies which almost choke you to
boredom. Let me admit that i don't have a palette for such kinda
movies. It might appeal to many people which is evident from the 7.5
rating it has on IMDb.
To add on to the stupidness of the movie are the two unimpressive performances, especially the mother who seemed too stupid to be a mother backed by a father who looked too cool to be a father. The characterization is a major issue for this movie. Both the leads give unremarkable performances,backed by their child.
What can i say about the child. A child who is even more talented than Mozart ?.I love Music, but please don't insult music this way. The main idea behind this movie is complete nonsensical.
oh and i forgot Robin Williams. He also gives a forgettable performance. I totally repent having watched this movie. I know its a musical, but i think listening to ARR songs is a better resort to watching this incredibly stupid sappy cheesy movie.
99 words or less (okay, 101): Well intentioned, but immaturely written
fable about a boy, his parents, and music. It touches on rich ideas,
but only superficially, making up for the shallowness by making it all
sort of, you know, well, mystical. Yeah, cool.
The movie pulls out all the manipulative melodramatics: It's oh so moving when we know something the main characters don't. And this happens over and over again. Swells of music in appropriate places. Implausible plot turns. Lot's of emoting. Makes you cry, but you kind of resent it.
Rent "Once" instead. A great movie about the redemptive power of music with no compromises.
I feel better now.
This is one of the most ridiculous movies I've watched in recent years.
Essentially its the story of an orphan who is trying to find his parents and does so through music.
It comes across like a fairytale, but even Alice In Wonderland was more realistic than this. Lots of movies have those moments where you go 'yeah right' but usually its only 1 or 2, or the movie is some no-brain action flick where it doesn't matter.
In this case you have those moments right through the entire movie, and they get worse as it gets closer to its predictable climax. Im not sure who would actually enjoy this movie, maybe if you're 70, or under 12 but for everyone else I'd save your time.
The acting itself wasn't bad, though the more interesting characters were played by Terrence Howard and Robin Williams, and they were both severely under-developed as you wanted to know more about them and less about this kid with the stupid smile all the time.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
August Rush is one of those feel good films that will cause any critic
to be bum-rushed with accusations of pretentiousness and/or the
malicious desire to ruin the magic. I can assure you that while I may
accurately be accused of putting on the occasional air (well, not so
occasional perhaps) it is not any inherent malice that inspired this
criticism. Rather, it was revenge, completely futile and irrelevant
revenge. Not only on the people who took what might have been a truly
magical film and turned it instead into a Hallmark Channel meets MTV
event with a PTL innuendo thrown in just to tick me off a little more;
but also revenge on the people who gave it more than the 4 or 5 stars
it deserves, because I actually based my decision to go see it on your
ratings. YOU OWE ME!
OK. Some time has passed and I can admit the preceding was hyperbolic. When I wrote it I had just got back from the theater and the score was still ringing in my ears. It's not really that bad just bad enough, and nothing ticks me off more than an OK film that could have been great.
There are parts that I will admit are are very well done and a scattering of clever lines break through the fog of pallid dialog. But these sparkling moments fizzle out under the overbearing (and occasionally trite) incidental score, and the over-doctored script.
The feature songs, the central theme of the film, are actually cool for the most part. The guitar work is brilliant, and the rest is consuming and even inspiring when it is not sounding like corporate extract of alternative rock.
Robin Williams' character, though not given sufficient time to develop, was surprisingly complex, especially considering the three-chord repetition of the others. Like Jonathan Rhys Meyers for example, a "rocker" (or something) who spews portentous gibberish when he is not running around the film looking pensive and conflicted and emoting like a teenage girl. Or Keri Russell who is pretty and blond and apparently not much else except for a few good lines here and there.
Freddie Highmore might be a good actor, I don't really know because most of his parts are just K-Pax/Rain Man idiot-savant type staring into the distance before he learns how to play guitar or piano in a matter of minutes. But I really can't blame him for the failure of the script. I generally give kids the benefit of the doubt.
What is most frustrating is that there are occasional moments of well, I wouldn't say brilliance, but definitely good writing. But it gets stomped out of existence by the next hackneyed moment or drowned in the films manipulative attempts to shove it's message down our collective throats.
Note to filmmakers: You don't have to beat the audience over the head with your message. Let the play say the thing.
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