August Rush (2007)

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Published on: 2008.06.25

The music is all around you. All you have to do is listen.

I’ve always felt this way about the world, and about music. So when I heard the line, in the opening moments of “August Rush,” I knew I would like the movie. Or at least I hoped I would.

Thankfully, the movie lived up to the line, and to the rising feeling I felt early on.

I hesitate to say this, but August Rush may be the best movie I’ve ever seen.

Crazy, I know. If nothing else, it’s the best music movie I’ve ever seen.

Most of the films on my favorites list are science-fiction or action films, which is true. None of them are music movies.

That’s about to change.

August Rush was refreshing, exhilarating, and an epiphany, all rolled in to one.

No need to get into the characters, or film work, that sort of thing. It all worked. The other elements weren’t distracting, like they are in so many movies. They just were. They were the medium for telling the story, and for showcasing the music.

Powerful, soul-freeing music.

If you’re not a music person, you may not get the movie. I don’t mean that in a condescending way, but … Maybe I do. I meet people all the time who don’t get music.

Even if you merely enjoy music, August Rush should be a delight to you.

IMDb: August Rush
Wikipedia: August Rush
Rating: PG
(thematic elements, mild violence and language)
Length: 114 min (1:54)
Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Genre: Drama / Music / Romance
My Rating: 10 of 10
Family Friendly: Yes.
Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams, William Sadler

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