Saturday, December 1, 2007
Anti August Rush
If you're going out to the movies in the near future, I wouldn't recommend August Rush unless you are a sucker for a really cheesy movie. You have to be a person who looks beyond technicalities and accepts the unreasonable plot before you to believe that fate can really prevail despite millions of obstacles.
Okay, the movie trailer really drew me in, and especially the list of acceptable actors that appeared in the movie: Terrence Howard, Robin Williams, Keri Russell, and newcomer Freddie Highmore (the kid who is everywhere now, just like Haley Joel Osmont was years back, in movies like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland, A Good Year, The Golden Compass, and soon to star in The Spiderwick Chronicles).
I think the idea of the movie wasn't too bad; the way that they made the pieces of the plot fall into place just didn't seem realistic to me at all. Now, I don't mind seeing a movie that I can lose myself in, a movie that is more fantasy or goes beyond the odds, but this was just too over-the-top for me. There were too many situational happenstances that just worked out for this kid. He runs away from the orphanage in search of his parents, and you can guess if they stumble across one another multiple times, in New York City nonetheless!, and eventually become a family. Some of the lines were written to be way too cheesy as well; I even predicted some of the lines to come, whispering them to Megan at the theatre and probably bugging the ladies sitting next to me due to the fact that the theatre was absolutely packed! Surprisingly enough, I think the audience had mixed views. Many people applauded at the end of the film, which was not my reaction at its conclusion. We kind of laughed to ourselves and exited the theatre. That's just my reaction.
Now, the actors did a fine job with what they were working with. I thought it would be a good movie because, normally, Terrence Howard and Robin Williams select excellent films. This one had a great theme to it, but the dialogue and sequence of events just seemed too ridiculous to even be true.
If you don't want to see it, don't read this part but continue after this paragraph: How could this kid, once stumbling into New York City, suddenly latch on to an underground orphanage of kids aspiring to play music in an abandoned auditorium, instantly giving him food, shelter, and instruments to learn on? How can a child, let alone an adult, pick up a guitar on his/her first day and be able to play better than some mastered adults? How can a child, again, be introduced to music notes and instantly compose pages and pages of songs, some that are rhapsodies? How can this child, with no papers as to his history or real name, be accepted to Juiliard School of music? In a crowd of THOUSANDS of people, how could the parents find each other in the front row of all places? How could that child know, at that moment out of the thousands, that those two in front holding hands were his parents? When he slipped his hand into hers, how could she have no reaction but to smile? Wouldn't you have more of a reaction if you've been longing for this man for over ten years? Wouldn't you have so much to tell that person that you couldn't keep your mouth shut? How could Robin Williams get away with his business? How could this child compose a symphony in New York City with that talent? Don't even get me started on the arch...
I'll stop there. I probably could go on, but I think you catch my drift.
August Rush has that cheesy sound to begin with. It sounds like it's trying to be really deep or cool-sounding, but I thought the meaning would prevail in the movie. I think the writers just thought it sounded cool, like a movie with an awesome-sounding title that would draw viewers. They just saw it off a truck and slapped the name to this kid to sound appealing to listeners. Strange.
The kid didn't even fool me in the movie that he was playing those insane chords and notes on the guitar. He looked like a beginner just hitting a guitar with his finger tips. The music didn't really follow up with his imitations.
So, if you want to see a good film, take your chance. Try it out for yourself. I was more entertained with Fred Claus, which doesn't have too much substance to it but provides a good laugh and entertainment.
Has anyone seen it or could anyone offer another review? Perhaps I'm being too harsh...