Jun 09

Film review – August Rush (2007)

Film review – August Rush (2007)

August Rush

Rating: 7/10

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Robin Williams, Terrence Howard, William Sadler, Jamia Simone Nash, Mykelti Williamson, Leon G. Thomas III, Alex O’Loughlin, Bonnie McKee, Timothy Mitchum, Becki Newton

Directed by: Kirsten Sheridan

Review: Film review – August Rush (2007) – This musical drama, almost fantasy, focuses on an orphan boy who turns out to be a musical child prodigy. Evan Taylor / August Rush played by Freddie Highmore has been brought up in an orphanage and has no knowledge of his parents. Like most of the children in the orphanage Evan is waiting for his parents to come not really realising they never will. In his case however he feels he is always in contact with them and eventually this leads him to run away and seek them out. He falls into the hands of Maxwell “Wizard” Wallace played by Robin Williams a modern day Fagin and discovers his musical talent which Maxwell immediately seeks to exploit for his own gain. Evan (Maxwell renames him August Rush) eventually escapes Maxwells grip and is discovered as a musical talent and sent to The Juillaird School of Music. There he learns formal music structure and is recognised as a child prodigy before Maxwell regains control of him, briefly, Evan finally escaping his grip at the end of the movie.

Meanwhile, unbeknown to Evan his parents Lyla Novacek played by Keri Russell and Louis Connelly played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers are in different parts of the country. Louis lives in San Francisco but has stopped playing in his band. While Lyla, a classical musician lives in Chicago and teaches music having given up playing.

Like a musical composition all three strands of the plot are slowly drawn together using the magic of music.

Its not a work of genius I’ll freely admit but it does somehow manage to capture the magical connection that music can make. With its reference to Oliver Twist it rather nicely updates the character of Fagin very successfully played by Robin Williams who is completely believable in the part. Freddie Highmore does a nice job in the lead role and is backed up by reasonable performances from the very beautiful Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (I’m sure he’s beautiful too, but not my taste :-) as his parents. There’s a little magic here that raises it above the average.



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