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.