Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Night Magical Movie: August Rush

The first time I saw this film I fell head over heels in love with it and had to buy it to play in the studio whenever I wanted!

Freddie Highmore, Keri Russel and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in this 2007 film about music, love and magic. 

Evan is a dreamy and talented 11 year old musical prodigy who lives in an orphanage.  He says, "I believe in music the way some people believe in fairy tales."  He hears music in everything, every sound is music in his ears.  The naive youngster follows the music and the moon and finds himself outside the orphanage for the first time and lost in the middle of New York City.  We learn that his parents were both musicians, his father Lewis was an Irish Rock musician and his mother Lyla a classical cellist.  The two met one magical night on a rooftop as he serenaded her with Van Morrison's Moondance. The pair were separated in the tradition of star-crossed lovers without any way to find each other again.

 Evan grew up without his parents even knowing of his existence.  His father never knowing of his conception, and his mother was lead to believe that he was lost late in her pregnancy when she was involved in an accident.  Evan never stopped believing that he would find his parents and that they wanted to be with him, but they somehow got lost. 
Evan meets Arthur playing his music in the park.

He befriends a young street musician about his age who brings him to an abandoned building and introduces him to Wizard.  Wizard is man who trains children as street musicians to play for money, reminiscent of Oliver Twists Fagin.  Played by Robin Williams who proves once again that he can play not only clever lovable characters but also a complex self serving creep.  But Wizard has his good side, he teaches Evan about music, and to play his guitar, taking him under his wing and even comes up with his stage name August Rush which he sees on the side of a truck, in a message about the August rush to the beach.
Evan, now named August Rush horsing around with Wizard.

August, continues to follow the music and it leads him on an amazing journey.  Both parents and the son seem to be guided by the hand of fate who contacts them through music.
Hope teaches August about notes, he thinks she mus be an angel.

 This story not only is a tribute to the power of love and the magic of music, but it points to the concept of cellular memory, the magic of what we carry in our DNA that makes us who we are.  Without giving you any spoilers, if you listen closely to the orchestral piece at the end you'll get a wonderful surprise.  Each one, Lewis, Lyla, and August believe that the music that they play is for the one that they love, that somehow they need to hear it and that it will help them find each other.
Johathan Rhys Meyers rocks, who knew?

I love the music in this movie, we even get to hear Jonathan Rhys Meyers perform.  Freddie Highmore is just delightful as he embraces this child who loves music more than food.   Keri Russel is sweet as Evans heartbroken mother. 

This is a story full of little magical moments that all add up to a whole lot of big magic that will make you happy and make your heart sing.  "The music is all around us, all you have to listen."

In Other News
This evening somone will win all this loot, read on!

If you haven't registered to win the awesome box full of Mickie Mueller loot including a signed copy of Voice of the Trees, today Monday 8/22/11 is your last day to "Rush" over and get signed up! Click here for the blog post and instructions on how to register.  I'll do the drawing in the evening and the winner will be announced by Tuesday!  Good luck!


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