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August Rush
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Directed By
Kirsten Sheridan

Written By:
Kirsten Sheridan, Nick Castle, Richard Barton Lewis, Jim Hart

Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams, William Sadler, Alex O'Loughlin, Aaron Staton, Emelie Jeffries, Chenoa Andon, Dominic Colon, Jill DeMonstoy, Andrew Ginsburg, Chivonne Hill, Russ Klein, Deirdre Lorenz, Lisa Maris, Shareef McIntosh, Sarah Nichols, Gloria Parks, Kenny Shapiro, Josh Sudiker, Stewart Summers, Brian M. Wixson, Becki Newton, Sherman Alpert, Rob Pedini, Sam Masotto, Robert Aberdeen, Michael Drayer, Noah Matthews, Cathy Haase, Zach Page, Leon G. Thomas III, Jamia Simone Nash, Jamie O'Keefe, Henry Caplan, Aaron Gilberto, Matt Gorsky, Peter Iasillo Jr., Kaki King, Jen Kuhn, Anais Martinez, Tyler McGuckin, Bonnie McKee, Susan Mitchell, Zach Page, Jo Yang, Samantha Zweben, Princess Reymundo

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August Rush (2007)
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Movie Review by Jenny
October 26th, 2007

"August Rush" is a modern fairy tale. Julliard trained cellist Lyla (Keri Russell) meets Irish rocker Louis (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) at a party one night in New York. The two share an instant connection that surpasses words and spend the night together on the roof of a building overlooking the arch near the park. The next morning, Lyla has to leave with her father and never gets a chance to say goodbye to Louis. They are both heartbroken. Lyla learns soon that she is pregnant, and when she is further along, goes to find Louis under the same arch where they were supposed to meet again. Then a tragic accident happens.

11 years later, a boy named Evan (Freddy Highmore) who lives in the New York Home for Boys, has a strong feeling that his parents always wanted him. He also has a unique ability to hear music wherever he goes and in everything he sees and hears. He sets off, following the music, to find them.

This film could easily have fallen into the cliché trap, but it avoids it gracefully. The writing strays into cheese occasionally, but that's expected with any feel-good movie. I could go on and on about this movie. How beautifully it's shot, how amazing the actors are for learning to play their instruments so very well, how wonderfully moving the score is, but it all comes down to one thing. Honestly, this movie touched me. It made me feel inspired, like I should be doing more with my life. It made me see the world as a brighter place. Literally. All the colors in everything around me have been brighter: trees are more green, the sky is more blue, everything just looks better now. Yes, I realize I've fallen into the cliché trap, but I don't care. This movie has really changed me for the better. When was the last time you could say that about something? I really can't wait to see this again.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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