Before I left for Utah, I rented a movie through iTunes… I figured I could watch it either on one of my flights, or if a rainy evening stranded me too early I could always watch it, nestled within the warmth of my sleeping bag, the light from the monitor casting a lumpy silhouette onto the wall of my tent. The movie was August Rush, but I ended up not having time to watch it in August (go figure) and iTunes rentals are only good for 30 days before they time out. So, tonight, instead of continuing my cleaning fiesta from last night, with three days to spare on my rental I piled on top of my bed with a knitting project, Miss Kitty and my laptop.
My favorite word during the entire film? It occurs between 47:39 and 47:39. Louis, in the glory of his Irish-accent, calls after his girlfriend, “Jennifer!” My heart is still in arrhythmia over it. What IS IT about the Irish accent?! (Or the Scottish accent, for that matter?) A man can take almost any word or sentence, and if he says it with a believable brogue he’s almost immediately more attractive… I mean, seriously: rowr!
Now where was I? Oh yes… The movie itself was put together beautifully; the actors did commendable jobs, especially the young Freddie Highmore. Keri Russell is quiety stunning; she doesn’t overplay this character at all. Did I mention that there are Irish accents calling out amongst Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his band mates??
But, as it should be, the MUSIC in this film is what steals your heart… it develops from the sounds in the background of scenes, surprising in its choice of muses: wind chimes. kids playing basketball. a plastic bag caught and tossed by the wind. footsteps. cars honking their horns. street musicians. jackhammers. dogs barking. All of this “noise” is translated into a stunning musical score, in a way that seems almost effortless. And Evan (Highmore) hears it all, sharing with us what it must feel like for a musical savant to stand in the middle of a windy field of wheat or to walk down a city block, composing his experiences to the world around him before ever being introduced to an instrument or sheet music.
After a brief introduction, August Rush travels back in time to share with its viewers the story of how Lyla and Louis met. It is here on a rooftop overlooking New York’s Washington Square that Jonathan Rhys Meyers sings the first few lines of a Van Morrison song in order to explain to Keri Russell what a wish by the light of the full moon sounds like:
“Well it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘Neath the cover of October skies”
*sigh* Another perfectly scripted romantic moment… one that made me pick up my pen and start jotting down lyrics, but I wanted more than the four lines in the film! A quick Google search delivered the poetry I sought… the words to a song called Moondance.
“And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low”
If only real-life romance could unfold in a similar fashion, with a musical score to match and the comfort of a happy ending to believe in…