Film Review: “August Rush”

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August Rush (2007) is a story of a young orphan boy who wanted to find his parents, and he did so by following the music. It’s an enchanting tale that shows the power of music and love, through the hardships of Evan Taylor, and the tragedy of his parents. This movie showed us the different genres of music, ranging from cheap street music to choir songs to thousand-dollar worth of orchestra. But most of all, since the main character was an eleven-year-old, this movie showed us the naivety of a child, along with the wonders of his eyes, his smooth delicate fingers, and his fragile soul. 

In my own opinion, August Rush was not really the main character of this film. This movie was not just a story. It was born from an idea that a music sheet can be a script, and the characters will be the instruments that August will experiment on. Music itself was the main character, and it flowed through the whole movie in different forms, born from different feelings. 

Music was the main character of the film. And it’s the first movie I’ve ever seen that focused so much on the musician, the composer. And I give my big round of applause to Mark Mancina, the man who created the music in the movie. You did a wonderful job. 

I guess the only problem I had with the film was that it started with two people who met in a party, slept for a night, and tried to look for each other ever since. But hey, it’s a fictional movie, yes? 

What was really unique about this film was that the audience united at the thought of the child meeting his parents. That was beautiful. Everyone – both the audience and the people in the movie itself – wanted this one boy to find his parents (well, except, maybe, ‘Wizard’). But I love how we can attach ourselves to the movie by just that one thought. It’s amazing.

What I love the most about this film was that every character who you thought was unimportant, was related to each other. ‘Wizard’, who found Evan Taylor, was actually the man Lyla and Loius saw 11 years earlier. He was the one who unconsciously brought the family together, and purposefully wanted to pry them apart. I have to applaud the scriptwriters for creating such a character.

He might look like the bad guy, for he was the only one who opposed the idea of Evan meeting his parents, but it was because he believed that if the talented boy wasn’t with him (and he believed himself to be the epitome of freedom, in a way), he’d be sent back to an orphanage, a place where his talent will never be recognized. If not in an orphanage, he was afraid Evan would end up in a place better than where he was. And he didn’t want that. 

‘Wizard’ can appreciate music, but what made us hate him was that he also appreciated the amount of money he receives after every performance of his ‘kids’. (Which is ironically hypocritical of us, seeing as how we admire ‘August Rush’ for being in Julliard, for we know he’d most definitely be rich after that concert.) ‘Wizard’ ended up playing the song he played almost 11 years ago, when the parents of the boy who left him met for the first time. I wanted to feel sorry for him, but to be honest, that was his own doing. 

The movie score in the film was brilliant, and it wasn’t just the major ones. I loved the combination of Lyla’s orchestra and Louis’ rock, and how they clashed beautifully and fit like pieces of a puzzle. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a sequel, but I bet it’d be absolutely stunning to hear the whole family play together.

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