August Rush (Film)

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Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
RunTime: 114 minutes
Genre: Drama/Musical
Rating: PG

Just when I thought I had my full blast of sappiness in The Leap Years, Kirsten Sheridan’s August Rush will tip the scales (pun not intended) dramatic corniness and schmaltziness.

It almost seems guaranteed for success of a combination of family drama, romance and music. The star-studded cast include a very likeable Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Keri Russell (Felicity), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point) and Robin Williams, who seem to lose his magical touch these days.

This modern day Oliver Twist tells the story of Evan Tyler search for his parents, who firmly believes that music will lead his way. "The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen." Through a series of flashbacks, we learn that he is a result of a one-night stand between two musicians.

The story starts off rather heart-warming and believable, until 101 coincidences pile one and climax at an impossible and implausible ending. But we did see it coming 20 minutes into the movie.

The ‘star’ of the movie is the music, some performed through the husky voice of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Even though there were some cheesy blends of symphonic pieces and soft rock, I was pleasantly touched with the musical results.

I teared at the end. On one hand, it was the most predictable and ridiculous ending, whille on the other, music (which I lost touch with) does amazing wonders to the heart and soul.

August Rush – The Soul is In the Music (Listen out to the Academy nominated “Raise It Up” which is rather inspirational.)

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