august rush

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what the heck? how did i miss this movie until now?

every once in a while, a movie completely misses my radar (stealth movies!). well, i suppose that actually happens all the time – it’s just that most of them suck, and i never realize i missed them. but this movie…

ok, so it stars freddie highmore, that great little actor from charlie and the chocolate factory (as well as finding neverland, the spiderwick chronicles, and others). AND, it stars keri russell, terrance howard (one of the best actors on earth, imho), and robin williams (in a role that takes quite a while to decide if you like him or not).

highmore plays an orphan boy named evan, who, after running away to new york to find his parents, gets renamed ‘august rush’ by williams’ character. august rush/evan is a musical prodigy, who can instantly understand complex musical theory and scoring, and instantly learn to play instruments (we see him do this with the guitar, piano, and a great scene with a church pipe organ). stunning music (kaki king does the guitar parts, with her unique percussive style).

it’s a modern-day fairy tale, to be sure; but a great one — a story of music, connectedness, longing, redemption. my family watched it together recently, and we all absolutely loved it.

19 thoughts on “august rush”

  1. There’s a lot I liked about this movie. The passionate singing of Jonathan Rhys Meyers is reason to buy the soundtrack.

  2. This is a great family movie. My daughter saw it and loved it. She made me watch it and I was glad. It’s a great movie.

  3. Totally agree – great movie and the music is amazing all the way around. Robin Williams character reminds me a bit of Fagan(?) the guy from Oliver (the original mixed with Disney’s cartoon version of the character). I’m still trying to decide if I like him but Williams did a great job.

    You should also check out Martian Child with John Cusack in it – came out on video around the same time. This one is amazingly a true story (check out the special features) about the director and his adopted son.

  4. i’m going to have to disagree with everyone here. felt way too much like “pay it forward.” my wife even joked that she expected the movie to end with the audience singing “calling all angels.”

  5. Wow Marko I was surprised to read that this movie slipped under your radar screen as almost everyone I talk to in youth ministry saw it in theaters or owns the DVD.

    My favorite line was when he was asked what he wanted most in the world and his answer was “to be found”

  6. honestly…i wasn’t terribly impressed. it had its really good moments, but i felt the movie had no momentum.

    maybe i was too distracted when my wife & i watched it. i was playing the sims 2, i think.

  7. My favorite movie of all time. Everything about it – just flawless. I had never seen Keri Russell or Jonathan Rhys Meyers but I thought they were both phenomenal — not to mention Highmore.

    My daughter and I cried our way through about 3/4 of the movie. It’s one of the only movies I’ve ever bought on DVD.

    I also have the soundtrack and listen to it all the time – it’s amazing music.

  8. Liked it too, though it had sappy moments and a little tear-jerky. My music nut son found the tabs for the “guitar hammer” song when he first discovers his talent and plays it a lot around the house. It’s cool. I admit I have recommended this flick to others, and found it enjoyable.

  9. My wife and I saw it when it first came out and loved it so much we went back 3 more times with friends! Then we bought the DVD and watched it a few more times. I love the music, the romance and the whole family feel-goodness about it. But mostly I like the parallel between hearing the music everywhere to hearing God’s voice and seeing his glory everywhere. (August: “So, not everyone can hear it?” Wizard: “Not everyone’s listening.”) I’ve used August in a sermon as an example of being tuned in to God at all times. One of my favorite movies!

  10. I just saw it last night. Good movie. Thought it would be a chickflic. A good one to watch with your wife. I liked it.

  11. Hi Marko,
    Thanks so much for posting this… What a film… It bumped everyone in my collection down a notch as it took it’s place in first place for me… Not everyone will get it, or like it, but for me…
    “Music is all around us, all you have to do is listen” – Great analogy for me…

  12. I thought it was a great idea for a movie, but it didn’t quite hit the mark. The ending felt like a gigantic copout and the voiceover almost ruined it for me. It’s hard to tell if the problem was with the script, the director or what, but it just fell short of what it could have been…

  13. Marko,
    Great kudos from my parents so we watched it on a movie night in youth group. I am a mush puppy, so my group had to give me a rough time. Great movie to show youth.

  14. Are you kidding me? Even a music prodigy cannot learn how to play guitar amazingly, get accepted into the best music school in New York without them finding his parents, and write a synphony all in 6 months. How cheesy was the scene where his parents, (the guy drunk at the time), first meet and hold hands within 2 minutes. This movie was so unrealistic, my wife and I were making jokes throughout & laughing at it by the end. Sorry.

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