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Movie Review: August Rush


August Rush is a really sweet family movie. If ever I could describe that genre with one movie, this would be it. At times, a bit cheesy without a pre-teen to share it with, and more than once completely unbelievable, it really was a cute movie to watch. I wouldn't have even known about this movie if I hadn't had to watch it for my cinema class, but I'm glad I did. It is one I will want to watch with my own kids when they are old enough, and talk to them about issues such as adoption, poverty, and even what 'destiny' means. This is a great film to help broach some of these tough subjects for a child.

The main character, Freddie Highmore, is an orphan at a boys' home and has a willing spirit and is sensitive to the fact he knows his parents are 'out there' and want him, even though the world tells him otherwise. August "trusts music like some trust fairy tales" and through the sounds of nature, his heart, and even the city of New York finds his way through in this coming-of-age story.

Rich in music, the soundtrack will also not disappoint. Classical, rock, and folk mix just as fluidly as a family's own unique culture, making the sound of this film beautiful. I think that was a big part of why I liked it, aside from the cute-ness factor. Enjoy this movie with a big bucket of popcorn and a little one at your side. You'll be glad you did.


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