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August Rush (Blu-ray)

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august rush very good

on 10/8/2012

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A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.


Studio Warner
SKU 206903147
UPC 085391178279
UPC 14 00085391178279
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
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Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Freddie Highmore - Actor
James V. Hart - Screenplay
John Mathieson - Cinematographer
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - Actor
Keri Russell - Actor
Kirsten Sheridan - Director
Leon G. Thomas, III - Actor
Lionel Wigram - Executive Producer
Marian Seldes - Actor
Mario Ventenilla - Art Director
Mark Mancina - Original Music By
Michael Shaw - Production Designer
Nick Castle - Screenplay
Paul Castro - Based On Story By
Richard Barton Lewis - Producer
Robin Williams - Actor
Terrence Howard - Actor
William Sadler - Actor
William Steinkamp - Editor
Nominee (2008) Oscar, Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review August Rush isn't just a bad movie - it's an aggressively bad movie. There are times when it tips the scales of absurdity and becomes almost comical. The film intends to be a modern day fable about fate and music and Dickensian characters but the sloppiness of the script and haphazard nature of the direction turns everything rancid. It's not difficult to understand what director Kirsten (daughter of Jim) Sheridan is attempting and equally easy to see that she doesn't achieve her goal. August Rush is constructed on a foundation of interconnected failures, the biggest of which comes at the very end. Instead of giving us the moment that a mawkish melodrama like this demands, we are presented with a diluted and minimally satisfying shadow of the moment. It's one of many things that August Rush does wrong...Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers fare better than Highmore, but this isn't going to be a highlight on the filmography of either. As Wizard, Robin Williams hits all the wrong notes. There's potential here for a genuinely creepy, frightening character but, in order to get a PG rating, the gloves are on, making Williams more cartoonish than menacing. Terrence Howard is criminally underused.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Here is a movie drenched in sentimentality, but it's supposed to be. I dislike sentimentality where it doesn't belong, but there's something brave about the way "August Rush" declares itself and goes all the way with coincidence, melodrama and skillful tear-jerking. I think more sensitive younger viewers, in particular, might really like it...The story is a very free modern adaptation of elements from Oliver Twist...The movie, directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Nick Castle, James V. Hart and Paul Castro, pulls out all the stops, invents new ones and pulls them out too. But it has a light-footed, cheerful way about its contrivances, and Freddie Highmore ("Finding Neverland") is so open and winning that he makes August seem completely sincere. One touch of craftiness would sink the whole enterprise...Another quality about the movie is that it seems to sincerely love music as much as August does. If you're going to lay it on this thick, you can't compromise, and Sheridan doesn't. I don't have some imaginary barrier in my mind beyond which a movie dare not go. I'd rather "August Rush" went the whole way than just be lukewarm about it. Yes, some older viewers will groan, but I think up to a certain age, kids will buy it, and in imagining their response, I enjoyed my own.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Angie Errigo, Empire ...a (very sweet) fairy tale and Highmore is captivating.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...[an] unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry.
Greg Russell, WMYD-TV A modern day musical fairytale.
Karl Rozemeyer, Premiere For those who loved his singing in "Velvet Goldmine," Rhys-Meyers once again proves that he has pipes.
Mark S. Allen, CBS-TV Heart warming beyond your wildest dreams!

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