August Rush is the a story of an 11 year old boy, Evan (Freddy Highmore), who leaves a children’s home in order to find his parents. The only way he knows to find his parents is through music. Evan always hears the harmonies in nature, with the hope that his parents will hear him. August Rush is a heartwarming film, with music that fills the heart, symbolism and lighting that leave you finding yourself happily immersing in the sounds of the world.
The music in this film was beautifully woven with the storyline. The assembled talent is unreal with John Legend, Kaki King, Chris Botti, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (who plays the male lead in the movie). Each song in this movie is well written and is, at least for me, songs that you could listen to non-stop, and not get tired of it.
With August Rush being a story about the love of music and family, there is a lot of symbolism that shows. In the movie, it goes back and forth from the past to the present, showing Evan’s parents story, and Evan’s story of finding his parents. Most of the music shows symbolism of the events in the story.
The tone/mood of the movie was set by the lighting. In the film there were times when the mood of the movie was a low tone, like when his parents saw each other for the last time before he was born, which they had shown with the lighting being dim or faded. There were also times when there was excitement and the lighting was bright, as in parts of August’s Rhapsody.
August Rush resembles a lot of Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist. To refresh your mind, Oliver Twist is a story about a young boy raised in an orphanage, who ran away. Oliver and Evan’s experiences are very similar. Oliver runs into a street urchin by the name of Artful Dodger, who welcomes him to a den of thieves. Evan runs into Arthur, a street musician, who brings him home, where he lives with adolescent beggars being exploited by a Fagin-like character known as Wizard (Robin Williams).
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