Film Mama Score: 1 out of 5
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Robin Williams, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard
Directed By: Kirsten Sheridan
Operating Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
MPAA Score: PG for some thematic parts, delicate violence and language.
Evan Taylor (Freddie Highmore) is an 11-year-old boy who has spent his whole life in an orphanage. Though he by no means knew his mom and father, he believes he has a cosmic connection to them by means of music. He runs away to New York Metropolis, hoping that the music he hears in his head will assist him discover his dad and mom. There he discovers that he’s a musical prodigy and dons a brand new, extra applicable stage identify: August Rush. In the meantime, his dad and mom are performing some looking out of their very own. His mom, a gifted cellist, Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell), has simply discovered that after 11 years, the kid she thought had died had truly been given up for adoption by her controlling father. She makes her solution to New York to go to Little one Protecting Providers in an effort to seek out her son. Evan’s father, Louis (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a rock-n-roll singer, would not even know that Lyla obtained pregnant. All he is aware of is that he fell in love together with his one-night-stand, and though she promised to satisfy him the very subsequent day, he by no means noticed her once more. Heartbroken, he spent the subsequent 11 years making an attempt to maneuver on; however ultimately, he finds his solution to New York as he too, follows the music.
August Rush is nothing greater than schmaltzy, overly dramatic, romanticist drivel with an extremely unrealistic plot. Whereas in New York, August usually wanders round alone (generally strolling proper out into site visitors), stopping once in a while to shut his eyes so he can “hear” to the music throughout him: automobile honks, basketball dribbles, site visitors noise, footsteps, and so on. It is not likely music, simply sounds that he perceives as music. It is this “music” that supernaturally (and laughingly) leads him to his unite together with his dad and mom. And that is not all. Within the metropolis, August bounces round from an deserted theater the place dozens of homeless, musical youngsters reside beneath the guardianship of Wizard (Robin Williams) to an outdated, gospel church the place he learns to compose music and play the organ throughout the span of someday to enrolling in Julliard and writing his personal rhapsody–all in a style akin to Oliver Twist…a really sappy rendition of a timeless traditional.
The cinematography is distracting, and I might truly really feel my I.Q. dropping with each passing minute. The characters are stereotypical, and their growth is non-existent. All the solid upset me–even Robin Williams, though I are inclined to imagine it wasn’t fairly his fault because of the horrible script. The strains are trite and predictable; Keri Russell has unusual, jerky actions and expressions which jogged my memory of a timid chicken, and regardless that 11 years go by, Lyla and Louis have not aged a bit.
The most effective a part of the movie is when any of the characters decide up an instrument and play–especially August, who has a really cool, authentic model of slap-strumming. You possibly can nearly get misplaced in watching him play should you do not look too intently on the fingers on the close-up photographs. They’re positively not the fingers of an 11-year-old, although I am going to give the filmmakers a little bit of leeway in that space.
It is a comparatively clear movie with a lot of the inappropriate elements left to the viewers’s creativeness off display screen.
Apart from that, I assume the one different constructive be aware is the fixed persistence of Lyla to seek out her son. It is a touching element–a mom simply discovering out her son is alive and looking out frantically for him–despite the shallow plot.
Some dad and mom is likely to be offended by the way in which this movie glorifies Lyla and Louis’ one-night-stand. Lyla even refers to it as “essentially the most fantastic night time of her life.” I discover it laborious to imagine that essentially the most fantastic night time of her life was sleeping with an entire stranger on a grimy, outdated sofa on a rooftop in New York. However both means, Lyla and Louis aren’t superb function fashions for our youngsters, nor do they ever redeem themselves or apologize for his or her irresponsibility.
Just a few different areas of be aware are: a quick glimpse of a pair making out in a hallway; using delicate curse phrases; the truth that Evan/August runs away from the orphanage and opens himself as much as a world of hazard; and the darkish, unsettling character of Wizard, together with one scene that may frighten younger youngsters.
I’ve to be honest–I completely loathed this movie. The truth is, whereas watching it, I distinctly heard a faint screeching at the back of my thoughts…like fingernails on a chalk board. Oh wait, possibly that was simply “the music.”