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August Rush

>> Monday, March 31, 2008

If marrying a rockstar is the way to give birth to a musical genius, then I'd marry a rockstar. =))

August Rush may not be the greatest movie made, but it has made it to my list of favorite movies. It's the story of a one-day romance of a rockstar and a cellist, which resulted in a son. The boy was sent off to an orphanage by the father of the cellist, Lyla. No one knew that the boy existed, except for Lyla's father, who only told of his existence when he was on his deathbed.

August, who was also named Evan at the orphanage, was gifted with a musical ability to play instruments and compose music without proper education. He ran away from the orphanage because "he was following the music." The wind, the chimes, and the rustling of the leaves created a symphony in his ears. Music kept him alive, and it was the only thing that he held onto.

Because of his passion for music, his fingers did magic. The first time he saw and touched a guitar, he created incredible music. The first time he touched a note on the church organ, he played pages and pages of music. A child taught him notes, and on the next second, he wrote his on symphony on blank musical sheets. At age twelve, he was accepted into Julliard School where the teachers saw his potential as a composer.

I give the movie a 4 out of 5.

Why the four stars?

Freddie Highmore, the kid who played August, has this face you'd fall in love with. His angelic aura made me cry when he was being interviewed by the social worker in the orphanage. I went teary eyed when certain people were leeching off money from him because of his talent.

Robin Williams plays Wizard, the person who took in Freddie in the city. He was once a performer in the streets, but decided to make a living by putting random kids in parks and making them play an instrument. The money they earn goes to Wizard. He's really for the money, and not for the welfare of the children. So when August runs off and finds shelter in a church (the reverend was the one who enrolled August to Julliard), Wizard interrupts August's rehearsals and takes him back. He didn't want to let go of August, because he was the one bringing in the money.

It was my first time to see Robin Williams as the antagonist. Martha and I were talking about the movie yesterday. Martha said she hated Wizard so much, she wanted to pull the earrings out of Wizard's ears. Hahahaha

I also give 4 stars to the twists and turns in August's life. Unknown to August, he met his father Louis (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) in the park where he was playing. Louis saw him play and had a conversation. They played a duet, not knowing that August was playing with his father, and Louis playing with his son. Their connection was so beautiful, you'd want to scream at the screen and say, "Demmet! That's your father!"

Lyla, who was a product of Julliard School, was invited to be part of a symphony. She didn't know that her son was part of the program, as his composition was chosen to be performed to a large audience. Her name was written alongside August's, without her knowing that she was going to perform on the same stage as her son.

See the connections! They're all in one place, and all of them are looking for each other!

The soundtrack is the shiz. After watching the movie, I had the soundtrack on loop.

What's left of that one star? Technicalities.

The cuts of the scenes in the movie were off. For example, when August was running away from Wizard for the second time, they were in the train station. The next shot, August was already at the concert, dressed in a suit. How was he able to change quickly? Who fixed his hair up? Why was the black girl there backstage? It wasn't clear.

The ending was weird too. It was clear that Lyla knew how her son looked like. Louis didn't even know they had a child. But at the end of the story, it seemed that all three characters knew how each of them looked like. Louis smiled at August, as if he knew he was the son. Lyla did not respond to Louis when he touched her hand. I was expecting something else, something that would end with a bang. I was disappointed with the ending.

(Maybe Louis smiled because he recognized the boy as the kid in the park. Maybe Lyla was too overwhelmed that he saw her child that she didn't notice Louis' hand in hers. I dunno. An online friend said that, "it didn't feel like meeting again with someone (love one) who've been separated for 11 years.. more like meeting again after going to the market and back." Agreed. :P )

There wasn't a closure too to the social worker. There was a shot of him in the concert, but his face didn't even contribute to the happy ending. He didn't even smile when he saw August on stage, and Lyla looking at August. He was just there.

The reverend who took August to Julliard should've been there too, at least to support him. He just disappeared somewhere in the movie.

Even with the flaws, I still love the movie. I could be biased because the movie is about music, classical meets rock, a child genius, and music school. I love how music is given life, that music is around us, even at the most chaotic places. They have really beautiful quotes too.

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

August: It's like someone's calling out to me, only some of us can hear it.
Wizard: Only some of us are listening.

August: [about his parents] The music. I thought if I could play it, they would know I was alive. And find me.

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

Louis: [Louis explaining not giving up music to August] You never quit on your music. No matter what happens. Cuz anytime something bad happens to you, that's the one place you can escape to and just let it go. I learned it the hard way. And anyway, look at me. Nothing bad's gonna happen. You gotta have a little faith.

Oh, another reason why I love August Rush. Louis has the most sexy Irish accent ever. I loooove the Irish accent. :P


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