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Movie Review: “August Rush”

Summary: An orphan dubbed a musical prodigy follows the music of the world on a journey to find his birth parents…even as they follow the same music to find both him and each other.


This movie is heartfelt and touching as it shows us that there’s music in the world all around us, from Nature to downtown city streets. In and of itself the musical talent in the movie is a force to be reckoned with, never mind that fans of Alex O’Loughlin’s get to hear him sing. That is, of course, assuming it is him singing and assuming you can pick him out over Jonathan Rhys Meyers. (One never knows these days!)

There’s an amusing (for me, anyway) parallel between The Wizard (portrayed by Robin Williams) and his gang of musical children who earn money and bring it back to him at the end of each day, and Fagin and his street kid thieves in Oliver! - so that was a lot of fun.

My gut reaction to August Rush is don’t watch it unless you’re ready for something syrupy and sugary sweet, because it definitely is that! And if the only reason you’re watching it is for Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin, you’ll not see him get a lot of screen time.

But if you want to maybe be given some hope in your life, given a new way of looking at the world around you and shown how deep and powerful music can be, then you will absolutely love this movie. August Rush aka Heaven aka Evan Taylor is an absolute delight. I believed 100% that this child was hearing what he was hearing, that he saw the world in the unique way portrayed.

Because music is very powerful for me personally, I identified with how it made the main characters feel. How it pulled them through their lives, redirected them in ways that made no logical sense sometimes and reflected what was in their hearts. While sadly I can’t actually create music as beautiful as August and his parents can, this movie opened my eyes to the fact that maybe I am creating music in my own way…only in my case, with words rather than notes on a piano, cello or guitar.

And that’s what I think this movie will do for you if you watch it with an open mind, ready to embrace a concept that has the potential to be extremely hokey or completely unbelievable, but was handled with the respect, reverence and delicacy needed to totally pull it off in August Rush.

In my humble opinion, it’s a must-see movie, snippets of Alex O’Loughlin or not. But only if you’re ready to hear the message it’s trying to convey.

Trivia: Though he doesn’t appear on-screen with Alex, the man who would later play John McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0 (father to Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett), William Sadler, is also in August Rush.

As always, Alex Fans, here’s your collage of him as Marshall!

To check out this film on Amazon.com, click here.


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