It’s been years since I saw a new Robin Williams movie; I missed both One Hour Photo (2002) in its theatrical run and TV premiere and Night At The Museum last year. All his movies in those four years seem to have passed by me completely. The last feature with Robin was Robots in IMAX and only because the film was promoted as the first Robin Williams voicing a character in an animated film since Aladdin not counting KoT. It was just an average CGI flick with hardly anything memorable in it.
Fast forward to next week when License to Wed setups up shop in local cinema’s. The TV trailers look amusing enough to considering a ticket so I checked IMDB’s rating. 5.1 ouch, perhaps I should wait for its TV premiere. Next up is August Rush with one of my favorite actresses Keri Russell. I’ve been a fan since Felicity. Saw in last time in the mini series Into the West playing Naomi Wheeler.
“August Rush” tells the story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a sheltered young cellist (Keri Russell) who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York’s Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger (Robin Williams), August (Freddie Highmore) uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.
Then when someone cried during the trailer I got curious and watched it myself. Wow this movie looks amazing and might rank in an Oscar for best acting. The trailer carries the best musical score I’ve heard in literally years. The cinematography grabs you in it’s simpleness and crisp setting up the mood for the wave of emotions that is sure to hit the viewer in big drama movies like August Rush are known for and work perfectly in the dark winter seasons just before the holidays.
August Rush opens November 21 2007 in the USA. For information on international release dates see IMDB.