August Rush Movie Review
B. Lead Characters
Evan Taylor (August Rush) – Freddie Highmore
Lyla Novacek – Keri Russell
Louis Connelly – Jonathan Rhys Meyers
D. Setting of the Story
New York, USA
E. Summary of the Film
The main character, Evan Taylor, can hear music in everything around him. He is being raised in an orphanage with no contact with his parents, although he insists that he can "hear" them. Evan believes that the music that he can hear in everything from the wind in wheat fields to the buzzing of electrical lines is some kind of message from his parents, whom he wants desperately to find. During his stay at the orphanage, Evan meets a counsellor, who gives a name card to him, introducing himself as a New York child service department member. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn that his parents were a famous concert cellist named Lyla Novacek, and Louis Connelly, an Irish guitarist and lead singer from a rock band. They met and fell in love in one night, but through a series of events, were separated. Late in her pregnancy, Lyla was hit by a car and was told by her father that her child didn't survive. Lyla and Louis both had trouble concentrating on playing music and were miserable without each other.
August Rush is the kind of movie the whole heartedly believes in its characters and its story that it asks any kind of disbelief not only be merely suspended, but expelled into oblivion. There exists such a thing as good sentimentality and bad sentimentality and if it is said that good sentimentality depends on having its heart in the right place, the movie boldly takes that idea literally and sets itself to the very thing our heartbeat constantly, naturally dictates: music. "I believe in, music the way some people believes in fairy tales," the hero says in the opening and this story is a real fairy tale for music lovers. Obviously, not all music lovers may have the musical prodigy's...
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