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This is an excellent movie! Great for the whole family!
The acting and movie plot was extremely well done.
An amazing adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". Having inherited musical genius from his lost parents this boy is not starved for food; but for music. Apparently being raised in a Quaker orphanage who's religious beliefs forbid music the music comes to him anyway; for he is magically able to hear music in the rustle of the wind blown wheat field. Somehow he knows his parents are alive and they are the ones that gave him the music.
Running away to New York City he joins a rag-tag gang of boys who are not thieves as in Oliver Twist; but Street Musicians. Soon his musical genius is recognised. The magic continues to unfold until the heart-rending ending which will be sure to leave you in tears.
Perhaps Robin Williams' most villainous role.
Few music movies do a good job with combining the post-production sound with the visuals on screen, but they didn't even try with this movie. The scene when August sits down to play the piano in the church, the notes you hear go in the opposite direction than they're played by the actor's hand. And then when August is playing guitar in the park with his (unbeknownst to him) father, lead parts start appearing out of nowhere while these two actors only continue to strum and smile at each other.
And none of that helps with the leaps in logic that were too much to swallow, like August knowing how to write complex musical scores seconds after a girl teaches him what lines and spaces mean in reference to the piano (who taught him about accidentals, then? Or keys? Or time signatures? Or timing, for that matter?), or like an inner city pastor walking a young boy up to the front door of Julliard and the boy can just start classes right away. Not to mention the tiring glorification of bad sexual decisions made at parties.
The musical score is dreadful, commercial tripe. The story is only a convincing case for retroactive birth control, or, better yet, just say no. If this is a good picture by today's standards, give me yesterday any old time. The creative team on this one really failed. Miserably.
Very slow beginning. Then a script written by a teenager. Then overly sweet boredom. Then a predictable ending.
From the previous very varied reviews I see this is not a movie for everyone. I would be curious to know the ages of those who loved it and those who truly disliked it. Admittedly it ends looking like a 'Cinderella' story - but this not a bad thing. Our family [kids 10 to 14 in age] enjoyed the story and certainly the music. Robin Williams was at times excellent; at other times "ok." Jonathan Rhys-Meyers continues to impress me in the variety of roles he chooses in movies. Keri Russell - in my view - had a strong presence. However the star is Freddie Highmore. His performance is solid: sad, and amusing at the right moments. So are the other youths. The music never falters. Classical or grunge plays well - together!
A wonderful movie. me & my friends watched it together (4 Times in a weekend) and cried & laughed together at the brilliantly put together scenes. All around, a great movie.
It's so interesting to see such good reviews for a movie which everyone in my house (ages 10, 15, 40'2) found to be boring and trite... didn't even like the music. Almost makes me want to watch it again to look for whatever we missed. aaalmost.
It starts out real slow we almost took it out of the player, DON'T !!!!! Great movie good story line, one of the best I've seen in a while. Don't fast forward you'll miss the story line.
What a great movie. Very moving. Watched it with my 12 year old daughter and we both got goosebumps.
Couldn't seem to understand what it was about. We fast forwarded a few times trying to see developments. Maybe for some this would be an okay movie but it is slow, meanders and to us was meaningless.
Omg. It's such a cute, touching, sweet, inspiring movie :) It looks a little boring, I thought first, but I absolutely loveeddd it! Freddie Highmore was adorable, and the whole moral of the story just made me love music even more, and ahhh it was soo good. :)))
Fun, entertaining, and emotional. One of those that made my heart sing and eyes well up with joy. Wonderful use of music. A little fantastical and contrived, yes. Sometimes a little slow, yes. A feel-good movie worth my time, absolutely yes!
I found this to be an entertaining, feel-good movie -- despite it's far-fetched premise and rather slow pace.
Freddie Highmore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers delivered very good performances; Robin Williams was at times subtle, at times his over-the-top self.
The musical performances, including those by JRM, the unconventional guitar pieces, the choir, and the orchestra were very enjoyable.
I love this movie. I liked JRM, Keri Russell and the kid. Music was just great. I just wish there was more of a love store & a conclusive ending.
If someone is looking for action they will be disappointed, this movie has a slow pace and some people will be bored.
A really great movie with a great message! Never give up on your dreams!