Review: `August Rush’

January 5, 2008 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

August Rush

August Rush

There are precious movies and then there are movies about 11-year-old orphans following “the music.”

In this respect, “August Rush” is on another level. We need to break out a whole new definition of cheesiness for a film like this, augmented by fake tears and vomit gestures.

“August Rush” begins with a boy (Freddie Highmore) standing in an open field where the surrounding sounds the wind, the trees, the grass swirl like a symphony in his head. In a whispering voice-over, he says: “I believe in music the way that some people believe in fairy tales.”

“August Rush” thus proceeds in fairy-tale fashion, though it’s more unrealistic than surrealistic. Without any tangible evidence, our protagonist senses his parents are still alive and that he just needs to make music loud enough so they can hear him (sort of like the ethos behind a Coldplay album).

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