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August Rush Reviews

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½ June 18, 2018
A magical, adorable, extremely wonderful film. If you are remotely a music lover, this movie, despite the requirement to suspend belief at times, will touch you. The acting and music are superb.
½ June 14, 2018
A merge of a modern, music-themed Oliver Twist with a bit of music mysticism, this movie can be a joy to watch. That is, it can be if you allow it to be. Ignore the errors if you're a musician - they never get the technical stuff right anyway. Don't worry about the overly-saccharine style. Don't fret over the "yeah, right" moments. The movie is actually about those moments, where the main character (a musical prodigy, and the son of accomplished musicians) almost supernaturally taps in to the "universal overtones" of music, allowing him to use music to reconnect with his parents. The coincidences are meant to appear preordained.

The only real problem I have with this is the same problem I have with any movie where the main character composes something that's supposed to be "amazing" or "transcendent". You see, the people making the original music for the movie never live up to the task. Every time, in any movie like this, from Mr. Holland's Opus to American Pie: Band Camp, the final composition is a let down. While it's not bad this time, it's also hardly good enough to warrant the attention the characters in the movie give it.
April 29, 2018
Amazing film. Not sure what's up with the reviewers!
April 20, 2018
Great movie!! One of my favorites! Love Freddie Highmore!!
April 9, 2018
Goosebumps and tears. That's a good movie. Sure, It's predictable, but what movie isn't anymore?
½ January 8, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed August Rush. I really liked the kid, he was super spacey and totally felt like a music wiz (and kind of a weirdo). The chemistry between Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell wasn't particularly fiery, but I really liked the story and the characters. The movie was charming and it left me fulfilled. My only regret/biggest complaint was that I wanted to see more of a resolution at the end of the film. I'm not about to start suggesting scene ideas, but I wish we got to see a little bit more of an aftermath now that all of these people are coming together. Still, the movie was really fun to watch and I would totally recommend it.
January 4, 2018
The plot is too far fetched to take seriously. It does have a cool soundtrack and some good performances.
December 25, 2017
I often wonder why reviewers are so desperate for us to hate a movie. It becomes offensive at times, even odious. August Rush is a fairy tale and it appears there is no longer a place for fairy tales in our modern oh so critical effete world.
That's a shame because it is, and always has been, fairy tales that most nourish the soul and give breath to our feelings. Fairy tales teach lessons about possibilities that that can lift the spirit.
August Rush asks to believe in impossible coincidences, and we know these do happen. This tale brings light to a particular darkness about people that don't have families and suggests that for some there is still the possibility of finding a family. That seems like a noble enough cause.
Is our age so exhausted of belief that we can't be allowed to enjoy a simple pleasure in a person who can bring people who love each other together through music?
December 9, 2017
Another example of why one should generally ignore "professional" critics. Something happens when you are trying to analyze a movie instead of just surrendering yourself to it.
½ December 3, 2017
Missed this movie in its theatrical release. Rotten Tomatoes reviews were not good. However I watched this movie anyway. It held my attention. Although it could have used more music, some editing, less closeups and much less wide focus shots, I did enjoy this movie. This is a fairy tale, mixed with a romantic view of a Mozart-type prodigy and a sequence of events that unfold in a way that can only be categorized as fantasy. This movie soars with the talented leads Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Freddie Highmore who are all likable, attractive and very good actors. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers did his own singing. Robin Williams' character of "Wizard" (an itinerant and emotionally damaged street musician) is mostly used as a plot device to make this movie have stakes and risks. However even with the skill of the late Robin Williams this character never seems part of the movie. The conclusion is very much in the fairy tale category. This is a sweet movie that is like the gauze of a tulle wedding dress...beautiful, impractical and satisfying for a limited period of time.
September 23, 2017
A beautiful story well told.
½ September 11, 2017
Don't take nit-picking bitchy critics seriously. August is beautiful film. Robin and Freddie, and Terrence stand out. If you don't shed a tear, you aren't human.
September 3, 2017
The worst body double work ever. When he's playing guitar they cut to some elderly musician with the hands of a senior citizen
August 20, 2017
Fantastic movie !!! Great cast,beautiful story,nice music that makes the movie much better.Amazing performances by Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams ! The rest of the cast was great too of course...
August 7, 2017
Great musical prodigy movie....Robin Williams just makes it That Much Better!!!
July 23, 2017
One of my all time faves. Predictable and a bit unbelievable at times... But so sweet and lovely. This is my happy movie. ?
July 4, 2017
This movie is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is about how musicians and exceptional people see the world. We see the world connected in ways that others may never perceive. Music is the expression of the Divine. If God exists then everything is connected.
There is also an amazing thing which happens when we deeply connect to our own soul, as August does in the movie. Real magic happens here.
June 26, 2017
I was very conflicted on August Rush. There were aspects I loved, some I hated, and some on which I just couldn't decide how I felt. I'll share at the end where my final opinion landed, for now let's break it down:

Loved it = I'm a sucker for this kind of story. The romance and lost child angle speaks to my heart right from the beginning. The fact that they all have this bond through music (that speaks to them in some way) works for me as well. It had potential to create a dramatically emotional conclusion, if they didn't decide to end it a bit early. I also like all the main cast members because they seem to have similar traits which make the relationships feel authentic. Finally, most of the music in the film is delightful, and it sells some of the aspects that otherwise wouldn't work for me.

Hated it = Listen, I like Robin Williams as much as anyone, but his character in August Rush is terrible. Every single scene he is in makes me want to turn the film off. His pseudo Fagin's Gang is ridiculous, and adds nothing to this story. Out of nowhere Williams becomes this manufactured obstacle for August, as if there wasn't enough for him to overcome. I also struggled with the movie's story structure. It didn't flow smoothly at times, and totally failed to give a proper perspective on the passage of time. If you told me the events of the film took place over only 5 days I would almost believe you.

Undecided on it = I'm all for movies about the magic of music, but August Rush might have taken it a bit too far. I like when a story embraces the ethereal power music can have, but some of the stuff it does for these characters seems so far-fetched. The fact that August is a prodigy makes sense, but could he really learn to read and write music in a matter of one afternoon? Is it possible for even the greatest natural musician to play a song as complex as he does the first time he ever lays a hand on a guitar? If I could just go with the magic and turn off my logical brain it might work.

I probably enjoyed August Rush more than it deserved. It's a flawed film, but there was something in it that I found myself embracing. I didn't love it, because of those aspects that bothered me, but I'd gladly watch it again and perhaps it will start growing on me.
½ June 20, 2017
One of the cutest and most thoughtful movies I'v ever seen. Always makes me feel better to watch it!
½ June 18, 2017
Very nice love story. Robin Williams (R.I.P.) is phenomenal as always, major props to Johnathan Rhys Meyers, I love his singing voice and Keri Russell delivers an equally great performance. One can not forget about Freddie Highmore. His performance in this film is tied with Finding Neverland. I loved him in that film as well.
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