Truth comes from the mouths of babes — or rather kids, tweens, teens, young adults, the future of humanity. Whatever you label them, these pint-sized pulse-takers of youth culture are back this summer with their own reviews of movies for young viewers screening every Wednesday at the Chilmark Community Center.
The organizers of the Summer Film Series at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival teamed up with the Gazette to bring you reviews by Island kids, here for the summer or year-round, each Tuesday, before each Wednesday film presentation.
Today, it’s Willy Anderson reviewing August Rush, which plays tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center.
August Rush, directed by Kirsten Sheridan (U.S.A.) 2007, 114 minutes. Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild violence and language.
Do you like music or great movies? If yes, then this film is for you. August Rush tells the story of a boy named Evan who lives in an orphanage and who can hear music all around him wherever he is. Evan, sick of living at the orphanage, decides to run away. He goes to New York city and is befriended by a boy named Arthur X. Arthur takes him to The Wizard, a mysterious man who looks after homeless children with musical talent. The Wizard quickly sees the extreme musical talent of this boy and gives him the new name August Rush. August, however, does not like the way The Wizard starts to use him as simply a way to get money and runs away. Hearing the sound of a choir in a local church, August decides to go in. Once the Reverend of the church notices his talent, he takes him to a music school where he writes a rhapsody in an attempt to “call” his parents. This rhapsody is to be performed in Central Park.
I really liked the music in this movie. Throughout the movie, his dad plays really loud rock music and then August’s mom plays soft music in an orchestra, but August does not know who they are. This movie is a great story about music and what it can do to connect people. Two thumbs up!
After the 5:30 p.m. screening of August Rush there will be Scottish Bakehouse meals made with local ingredients and live music in a series curated by Colin Ruel from 7 to 8 p.m.
At 8 p.m. the festival screens Talking Guitars, a documentary directed by Claire Pijman about guitar-maker Flip Scipio (see Page One). Ms. Pijman and Mr. Scipio will take questions after the film and Ben Taylor and David Saw will perform also at the Chilmark Community Center. Admission is $10, or $7 for center members; $5 for festival members.