Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Favorite Thing #41 - August Rush

I saw August Rush in theaters with my two friends Lisa and Shannon and we absolutely LOVED the movie!!!! In fact, after the movie was over we sat in our seats for a good 10 minutes and just talked about how great it was. It was recently released on DVD and went out and bought it. The movie is a love story with some amazing music throughout. The one thing that my friends and I commented on is the way the music just seamlessly flowed with the storyline. The movie stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (who actually sings in the movie), Keri Russell (who learned how to play the cello for the role), Robin Williams (who didn't play his usual comedic role), and Freddie Highmore. The movie is absolutely amazing you just have to watch it. Right now its on sale for $19.99 at Amazon.

Below is a review of the movie from Amazon:

Music has long been considered a universal language with the power to bring people together, but can the simple act of playing music possibly unite a child with a mother and father who live in two different cities and don't even know of the child's existence? Having shared one extraordinary night, classical cellist Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell) and Irish singer and songwriter Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) were a union meant to be that was torn apart by circumstances and a protective father (William Sadler). After eleven years, both Lyla and Louis have given up performing only to find that they are unhappy and searching for a sense of fulfillment that will ultimately lead both artists back to music and performing. Evan (Freddie Highmore) is an 11-year old orphan who's grown up hearing music in everything around him and is convinced that his real parents want him and will find him with the help of music. Driven by his innate musical genius and a powerful compulsion to perform before the world, Evan runs away from the orphanage and is initially taken in by a street man known as Wizard (Robin Williams) who encourages his musical talent and renames him August Rush and, later, by a local priest who arranges for August to receive a Julliard education. August is a child prodigy who excels beyond even the wildest expectations and earns the opportunity of a lifetime--a chance to perform in front of an enormous audience in New York's Central Park. The question is; can his performance possibly reach the audience August really craves? While elements of this film are completely unbelievable (take August's instant prowess on the guitar or his immediate and sophisticated grasp of musical notation and musical theory), the message of the universality of music and the notion that "the music is all around us, all you have to do is listen" is both compelling and powerful. --Tami Horiuchi

The music is so amazing that I bought the soundtrack on iTunes. It's definitely worth getting at least a few songs.


Keri said...

I just saw this movie on Saturday night on the way back from Punta Cana and I LOVED IT!!!!

Lisa said...

We need to have a girls night soon and watch this one again!

Anonymous said...

hi christina
got this movie rental last night to celebrate summer vacation. LOVED IT, 3 tissue movie, just love happy endings no matter how contrived, it the marshmallow in me...uncle charlie loved it too!
aunt gloria


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