August Rush on DVD

by Alan Rapp on March 18, 2008

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: August Rush
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“Not everyone can hear it.”

August Rush is the story of an orphan named Evan (Freddie Highmore), a child of two musicians (Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a musical prodigy, who escapes to New York to search for them.

As Evan, now renamed August Rush, falls in with a band of young street musicians lorded over by a not too stable Robin Williams in a cowboy hat, Lyla (Russell) begins to search for her son as Louis (Meyers) searches for her.  They are brought together in the film’s final moments through the power of music.  For more on the plot of the film read my original review.

For those who missed the film in theaters here’s a nice family friendly rent you all can enjoy.  If you’ve already seen it there’s nothing extra here to make you go back, unless you’d just like to see the film again (and maybe, like me, you’ll like it a better the second time).  Although I’m still bothered by some of the writing of the film, the actors bring these characters to life and raise the bar and make this one worth watching.

I had a mixed, though still positive, reaction to seeing August Rush in theaters.  On viewing the film once again on DVD I still have many issues with the film, but I am also left with a smile as the credits begin to roll.  It’s not a great film, but somehow it manages to be an extremely likable one.  I’ll admit it, I liked it more on DVD.

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