I kind of stumbled into this movie accidentally and in retrospect its difficult to know what to make of this film. I can't actually say I would recommend it. In fact, this would indeed be an embarrassing movie to recommend or to admit one actually liked. However, on the other hand, it was emotional and endearing and I am a girl prone to these kind of things. While viewing August Rush it is difficult to tell if you are watching a sweet family film, a sappy-spiritual film or a really cheesy music video with nice cinematography.
August Rush is the tale of a 11 year old boy who is a musical prodigy. He was raised in an orphanage as he was accidentally abandoned by his parents. The story follows this boy's journey as he tries to follow his dream to find his parents by following his, oh yes, genius-level ability, for music, and believing in magic, I guess, and following his heart and all that kind of stuff. Yes, I know.
You must abandon all cynical thinking at the door. Oh right, his parents are also musical geniuses- powerful and rich geniuses. Did I mention his parents are also completely gorgeous and young? Yes, leave all cynicism at the door people.
Freddy Highmore, the actor who plays the orphan is really great and a genius in his own right at playing the part of a wounded, poverty stricken, innocent and scared young boy. Sorry wait, he plays a wounded, poverty stricken, innocent and scared boy...with hope! Highmore performs this to a tee- I am 100% impressed. He also starred in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where probably not to your surprise, he played a variation on that same archetype. He did a phenomenal job in both movies.
Considering Highmore's mother is one of the most powerful casting agents around, I would say that Highmore is a brilliant performer at acting lost, poor and innocent as he can't be any of these things in reality. Unless Hollywood casting agents aren't being paid enough to support their families anymore. Highmore is a great actor and obviously has a huge future ahead of him with his mother in tow.
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