August Rush

We recently rented August Rush, and I don’t have a lot to say about this movie.

It wasn’t a bad movie.  I actually really enjoyed it.  It was a pretty vacuous movie, a feel-good, warm & fuzzy fest without any meritorious meat behind it, but I enjoyed it all the same.  Maybe it’s because I’ve always felt that there is something special – perhaps even spiritual – about music.  And that if there were a universal language of some sort, perhaps music would be it. 

But this isn’t necessarily the major push of the movie, despite what it attempts to claim to the contrary.  It really has no deeper level meaning, though perhaps it thought it did, or hoped to.  So it was just a relaxing view.

Once again, I reiterate that I personally find Robin Williams far more effective in the sinister/madman role than in the manic comic roles that launched his career.  He always seemed to me (even when I was quite young) to be about 30 seconds away from completely imploding, and all that would be left would be a small smouldering coal on the ground in the middle of a large blackened spot.  As he takes on more sinister roles, I find his manicness, his trademark squints and grins, to take on a far more believable air than when he was cast as strictly the Good Guy. 

Most of the performances here are pretty predictable.  Keri Russel seems to be sleepwalking through most of it, as does Jonathon Rhys Meyers.  There’s not a single truly passionate performance to be found, but that’s ok because, for the most part, it’s really just the story playing out that’s interesting.    Freddie Highmore seems like a clone of Haley Joel Osment, but maybe that’s just me (on an unrelated note, click on the link for Osment and check out the pic of him with sideburns. That’s just freaky.  He’s still six years old as far as I’m concerned!).  On the flip side, since it appears that he was 16 or 17 when this was filmed, maybe he’s a better actor than I give him credit for, since he’s playing an 11-year old kid.

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