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August Rush - 30/11/2007 2:09:32 PM   
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Sentimental crap - 30/11/2007 2:09:32 PM   
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Tricky to say if it's the worst film this year, but it's easily the most sentimentally vomit-inducing as well as being ridiculously implausible.

Freddie 'my face is too small for my hair' Highmore's narration is nauseating, Robin Williams is irritating as ever and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell have very little to go on except to look pretty and slightly perplexed most of the time - and note how by the end of the film they haven't aged at all in the twelve years since their son's birth...

The worst aspect of the film though, is in its use of music, something films of this sort rarely get right. It's a powerful medium, undoubtedly, but given this soft-focus Hollywood treatment it comes across as soppy and mawkish. Highmore is supposedly a musical prodigy, but unlike Mozart - whom he is compared to at one point - his genius isn't 'just' the ability to analyse and understand music from a mental and aural standpoint, but to pick up the techniques for playing and writing the stuff, apparently after being told the names of the notes in all of, ooh, 30 seconds? Sorry scriptwriters, but no matter how clever a child genius is, the nuts and bolts of music are still squiggles on a page until someone explains them.

His entry into Juilliard and hilariously unlikely premiere with the New York Philharmonic fall off the end of the reality scale, plus 'August's Rhapsody in C major' is an odd and uneven medley of other people's tunes, providing a climax that rivals even that of Mr Holland's Opus in the bathetic crappiness stakes. If a 12-year-old wrote an orchestral piece like that he would rightly be feted for his advanced technique, but let's not start pretending it has any long-term merit as music, and the idea that it would, almost on a whim, be played by a major orchestra at a vast outdoor concert is pretty laughable.

Mind you at least the orchestra get some screen-time, for classical music doesn't get much of a look-in (and the last piece doesn't really count in that area either), much of the film being preoccupied with more audience-friendly guitar-strumming and J R-M's Irish band. Highmore loves music, apparently, though, as the film's predictable and bland score rams home constantly, only the most accessible, manipulative, heart-warming kind.

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Sentimental crap - 30/11/2007 2:09:32 PM   
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boring zzzzz - 10/12/2007 6:39:20 PM   
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i thought this film dragged out half way through i just wanted it to end hangmoure needs acting lessons and it was to boring!!

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- 12/12/2007 8:29:26 AM   
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This movie is a story that requires people to suspend their disbelief before entering the theatre. That being said, if you can accomplish this, it's an absolutely beautiful and uplifting film which just makes you feel better about life.

It's a story about three people torn apart by circumstance, and brought back together through love, perseverance, and a shared love of music which comes together to make a lovely, cheesy, but lovely ending scene in the park with a gorgeous composition.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russel are very convincing in their roles. Their characters have an instant connection, and you can feel it as part of the audience. Freddie Highmore, being the sweet, wide eyed, adorable boy he is, seems like a fitting choice for their son- all of that sweetness culminated in one little boy.

It's just a feel-good movie. You can stop worrying for a while and think about a world where everything actually works out for the best. It's nice, for once, to watch a movie that just makes you feel good.

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So moving and lovely. - 29/3/2008 7:37:32 PM   
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A very sweet film.

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So moving and lovely. - 29/3/2008 7:37:33 PM   
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A very sweet film.

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Beautiful Movie With Music At Its Heart - 14/7/2008 10:00:13 AM   
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August Rush Is A Moving Lovely Film Starring An Alstar Cast Including Freddie Highmore, Robin Williams And John Rhy-Meyers. The Script Was Fantastic And The Songs Were Fun Toe Tappers Aswell As Slow Peace Makers. August Rush Is A Must See Film Of 2007!!

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August Rush - 22/7/2008 4:34:27 AM   
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Sweet, sacarine, contrived. Good acting though but in an improbable story line.

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August Rush - 22/7/2008 4:34:28 AM   
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Sweet, sacarine, contrived. Good acting though but in an improbable story line.

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it was cute - 25/3/2010 11:35:01 PM   
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What else is there to say but it made me smile and it wasn't too bad either

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