Having shared one extraordinary night, cellist Lyla Novacek (Keri Russel) and rock sing Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) were a fairytale couple that was broken up by unfortunate circumstances. Eleven years later, both are miserable and share a feeling of incompleteness. Evan (Freddie Highmore) is the son that both of them never knew they had. He too feels incomplete. Evan knows that he can find his parents through the power of music, one day he stops and listens and follows the music.
This movie has a sort of magic to it. For me, Robin Williams really stands out in this movie playing the villainous "Wizard". He was creepy and malicious with all the kids and should have been nominated for at least a Golden Globe. As for the rest of the cast, Freddie Highmore is cute and definitely shows his passion for music throughout the film. There is once scene with Freddie Highmore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers that was really nice and well executed.
As for the music, it was wondrous. The songs had so much passion and emotion in it, even the orchestra music seemed to have voice in it. Jamia Simone Nash hopefully one day will release a record of her own one day (hopefully RnB and not a pop one).
This movie was definetly one of the better ones of 2008 and is definetly worth renting or even buying. August Rush reminds you that it's not impossible to reach your dreams. Your dreams can become a reality if you work hard for it.