Retro Review: It’s an August Rush

I know we are in the month of November 3 months after August but i just saw this movie a 2 weeks ago and decided to review it.  I present to you all, August Rush.

Directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Nick Castle & James V. Hart, August Rush stars Freddie Highmore as Evan Taylor / August Rush, Keri Russell as Lyla Novacek, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Louis Connelly, Terrence Howard as Richard Jeffries, Robin Williams as Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Wallace, William Sadler as Thomas Novacek, Jamia Simone Nash as Hope, Marian Seldes as The Dean, Mykelti Williamson as Reverend James and Leon Thomas III as Arthur.

August Rush is a movie centering on a young boy who was given away when he was a baby and grew up in an orphanage. The young boy happens to be a musical prodigy and decides to look for his parents in New York using the music he can create to find them. Intertwined in his quest also includes his mother Lyla Novacek, an excellent cellist who only recently discovers her supposedly dead baby is alive and she decides to find him while his father Louis Connelly, a lead vocalist and guitar player in a band is looking for the Lyla whom he was cut off from 11 years ago, Wizard who wants to make money from August talents, Hope who discovers August talents

August Rush is a phenomenal movie. I can’t boast of seeing too many musical drama movies asides The Sound of Music but then August Rush is in another class of its own. As a closet art lover, i saw music beautifully composed in this movie that was soul warming. You can connect with August’s innocence and the WOW moment for me in the movie was when August was “drumming” the guitar to produce sounds of magical proportion that would leave some guitar players jealous.

This is a wonderful movie to watch for the upcoming holiday season and the recently passed Thanksgiving. It’s that family movie in a family movie and i must say am utterly disappointed that i allowed 5 years to pass before watching this great movie and a noteworthy mention, Hope can sing. Damn!!!

 

Rating: 10/10 (Trust me am not that impressed but i was blown away 🙂 )

Worthiness: Collector’s Item… Need i say more 😉

 

Favorite Quotes

Hope: You remember how you said Mozart was a musical pod?
Reverend James: Prodigy.
Hope: Yeah, well, I’ve got one of those and he’s living under my bed!

Wizard: What do you want to be in the world? I mean the whole world. What do you want to be? Close your eyes and think about that.
August Rush: Found.
Wizard: [pauses] Doesn’t have enough yin. little more yang, ya know?
August Rush: yeah

August Rush: [opening voice-over] Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere. In the wind… in the air… in the light. It’s all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do… is listen. 

Richard Jeffries: How long have you been here?
August Rush: Eleven years and sixteen days.
[Jeffries stares at August]
August Rush: I’ve been counting.

Wizard: You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars. 

Richard Jeffries: Why is it so important that you want him now?
Lyla Novacek: I’ve ALWAYS wanted him!
Lyla Novacek: [in tears] I’ve waited eleven years, two months, and fifteen days just to find out that he’s alive!
[Jeffries stares at Lyla]
Lyla Novacek: [she chuckles a little] I’ve been counting.

August Rush: The music is all around us, all you have to do is listen.

 

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Without Wax,

V.

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