Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan
Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
RunTime: 1 hr 53 mins
Released By: Shaw
Official Website: http://augustrushmovie.warnerbros.com
Opening Day: 6 March 2008
OUR REVIEW OF "AUGUST RUSH" ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
The incredible story of a modern day Mozart.
child prodigy August Rush (Freddie Highmore 'Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory) is an orphan in search of his parents.
Along the way, he touches the people around him by his incredible
gift of music and takes the world by storm as the youngest
ever composer for the New York Philharmonic.
Music has a powerful effect on people. Case in point –
after watching the musical drama, my movie partner immediately
rushed to a music store to purchase the soundtrack. Apparently,
the songs and score for this Kirsten Sheridian-directed movie
have left such a lasting impression that she has to own the
album, complete with its nicely-printed stills and liner notes.
his messy but cute floppy hair and his sympathetic doe-eyed
look, Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, The Spiderwick
Chronicles) scores with another custom-made role. This time,
he plays young music prodigy who grows up in an orphanage.
His wish is to be reunited with his parents whom have been
separated from him the day he was born. Along the way, he
meets a conniving stranger and a group of like-minded musicians.
Eventually, he ends up in the prestigious Julliard and gets
to perform in New York City’s Central Park – but
can he be reunited with his parents, a charismatic guitarist
and a talented cellist?
the answer is clear, the main draw of this sentimental flick
has to be its wondrous musical journey throughout its 113-minute
runtime. From the opening sequence where Highmore ruffles
through grand grasslands to the finale where the young English
actor grandly conducts an orchestra, the score composed by
Mark Mancina (Tarzan, Shooter) is nothing short of heartwarming
and enjoyable. Then there are the songs. Jonathan Rhys Meyers,
who plays Highmore’s father, performs his own songs
with a more than pleasing set of vocals that will sweep girls
off their feet. Be it the rock-inspired “Break”
or the soulful “This Time”, the Irish heartthrob
is a charmer on screen. Taking some time off to look cute
on screen, child talent Jamia Simone Nash performs the Oscar-nominated
“Raise It Up” with the Impact Repertory Theatre
in one of the movie’s most inspirational scenes. The
rest of the musical elements are completed by Kaki King’s
skilful guitar plucking and Steve Erdody’s cello playing.
These two musicians are hand double talents to Highmore and
Keri Russell’s (Waitress, Mission Impossible III) idealistic
mother character respectively.
Rhys Meters and Russell have great on-screen chemistry, other
supporting characters are somewhat blandly filled out by Robin
Williams and Terrence Howard.
illogically impossible and sometimes absurd plot may not go
well with some viewers, but for anyone who loves movies which
are inspirationally fantastical, this one is for you. Watch
as Highmore goes on an almost impossible journey to fulfill
his dream of locating his parents. Be touched as Rhys Meyers
and Russell are separated by fate and hopefully brought together
by music. Laugh as the jumpy Simone Nash uncovers Highmore’s
hidden talent for composing before he gets whisked off to
come up with an impressive rhapsody for a full orchestra.
with saccharine dialogue and tear-inducing one liners like
“Music is all around you, all you have to do is listen”,
this is one picture that is not ashamed to be emotionally
sappy. In fact, it out-rightly wants you to fall in love with
its sentimentality and believe in the power of music. Go on,
indulge in this guilty pleasure and get yourself a soundtrack
fall in love with music and its healing powers after watching
this pleasing fable)
Review by John Li