What a soppy, beautiful film! How has this one passed under the radar? I don’t normally get all blubbery at films… okay, maybe sometimes… but I was in bits by the end of this one. This may have something to do with the fact that I am about to be a dad and get all emotional and teary-like whenever anything relating to such comes up… or it may just be because it was a soppy, beautiful film!
The plot in brief…
Keri Russell plays Lyla Novacek, a professional cellist, who shares one special night on a rooftop with Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a guitarist/singer in a band. Due to the inexorable tide of fate and what-have-you, Lyla and Louis then go their separate ways, after which Lyla discovers she is pregnant with Louis’s child. After a car accident, Lyla is rushed to hospital, upon which she loses her child, who for the next eleven years she presumes is dead. On his deathbed, however, her father confesses that he had secretly given her child up for adoption. In the meantime, the son she never knew she had, Evan Taylor (Freddie Highmore), who has an uncanny ability to hear music all around him, becomes lost in the system and ends up on the streets of New York City. A Fagin-like character, who goes by the name of “Wizard” (Robin Williams), takes him in and ingratiates him into his merry band of runaway kids/musicians/buskers. It turns out, however, that Evan – who adopts the “stage” name of “August Rush” – is destined for far greater things that busking in Central Park, and so, upon enrolling himself in the Juilliard School of Music, ends up composing the August Rhapsody, to be performed to an audience of thousands in Central Park. Lyla and Louis, through separate and ultimately conjoining twists of fate, literally hear of this concert, find their way simultaneously to the front of the audience, and, upon the playing of the final chord, and the turning of August to face the appreciative crowd, the three of them catch each others’ eyes and become instantaneously aware of the bond of love and music which connects them.
Moving! Touching! Poignant! 🙂
Sad, but ultimately infused with hope that “fate will find a way” and such gubbins! 🙂 🙂
And a beautiful testimony to the enduring power of love and music! 🙂 🙂 🙂