Any music fan, classical music fan, contemporary music fan, or really anything with a beat will love this movie.
There’s music in the wind and sky. Can you hear it? And there’s hope. Can you feel it? The boy called AUGUST RUSH can. The music mysteriously draws him, penniless and alone, to New York City in a quest to find- somehow, someway- the parents separated from him years earlier. And along the way he may also find the musical genius hidden within him.
Ok, I’m going to elaborate on this a little. August’s parents were both exceptional musicians. His mother was a renowned cello player, and his father was a guitarist for an Irish rock group. They met spontaneously at a party and spent the night together (in the English sense of the word. AKA: sex). She was to meet him in the park, but they kept just missing one another. She told her father she did not want to perform anymore and ran to meet him, but was hit by a car on the way. She was very pregnant at this point. Her father forged her signatures on adoption papers and told her the baby had died.
Years pass and the father grew old and ill. On his deathbed he told his daughter the truth, prompting her to go on a quest to find her missing son. Meanwhile August, the child, has gone from the orphanage and fled to New York, where he sought to follow and find the music he has always heard. A chance encounter with his real father begins a series of events that will reunite the family.
I like this movie. You don’t usually see a storyline that revolves around music, and I’ve certainly not seen one with this approach. I really can’t give this high enough credit. I think it is a prime example of brilliant scriptwriting and the production crew did a great job!
I’ve never seen the cast of this movie act quite as well as they did here. Freddie Highmore is the lead, August. He became my favorite child actor for his work here (you might remember him from “Willy Wonka” with Johnny Depp, where he had the lead as well). He plays the character smoothly and without extra fluff. Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers have lesser roles as August’s mother and father. They both fit the role well. I think this is the first non-chick-flick I’ve seen Keri Russell in. Terrence Howard plays the Social Worker who seeks to help find the missing August and reunite him and his mother. Finally, and perhaps most impressively, is Robin Williams. He has absolutely no humor or even kindness about him. His character is an evil anti-establishment musician who lives on the streets, forcing homeless kids to perform and give him the money.
You definitely notice the directing here, but not in a bad way. The camera angles are exquisite to say the least. While watching you are aware it is a movie, but it feels almost like watching a fairy tale. It has a timeless and almost magical quality. Production Director Michael Shaw and Director Kirsten Sheridan (I know, I actually looked up the two instead of saying “these people”!!!!) really deserve an award for the work. It is seamless.
I really hope you all have seen this film. If you haven’t, then I hope you are getting your car keys and getting ready to go out and buy it. It is perfect for all ages. Even though there is a “PG” rating I think adults and teens will all love it.