Analyzing a film: August Rush

August Rush I

"I can hear the music everywhere"
"I believe in music the way people believe in fairytales"
"I like to imagine what I hear"

1- Which of these 3 lines do you agree most? Give your own reason.

2- Explain the relation of these characters to Evan:

3- Evan was bullied at the Home for Boys. Why?

4- You are Evan. Write the diary about that night there.

5- Who took him there and why?
6- How did he escape from there?

7- Evan´s parents met a roof top. What were they doing there?
8- Their meeting there was special. What did they have in common?

9- What is the role of the moon in some parts of the film?

10- When Evan got to NYC he is impressed by the sounds of the city.
Could you describe his feelings?
11- Try to imagine the music makes through the leaves of the trees in winter. Would that music be different in spring?
12- Name the cities that appear in the film and the characters related.
13- What is the main difference between the home for boys and Wizzad´s workshop?
14- How did Evan get there?
15- Do you like Wizard? Give positive and negative opinions about him.
16- "You gotta like music more than you like food"- Wizard. Could you think of another sentence like this one to make people like music?
17- What was Evan´s first contact with real music?

August Rush II

1-Make a list of characters by clasifying in these categories:




-Describe their relation of each of them to the world of music:

2-In the film hey mention a famous classical masterpiece. Which one is it?

3-How did Lyla know that her son is alive?

4- Louis met Lyla in NYC. When they split up, their lives took a different destination. Could you draw two lines including the other places they both were converging in the place where they met at the end?

5-Why did Louis leave his life in San Francisco?

6-The famous arch in Washington Square became a symbol in the film. What is the meaning of it? Give account of events taking place there

(meeting point for Louis and Lyla ; place for street musicians; the place where Evan met Arthur and Louis met Evan; place where Lyla went back when she returned to NY…)

7-“There is music everywhere”, says Evan. Can you remember some moments when Evan realized this fact of being listening to music in the most unsuspected places?

(arriving to the centre of Manhattan where he was flooded by the noise-music of life around him; when he Heard children playing basket in the church yard…)

8-Name of the music symphony August/Evan composed for the Concert in the Park.

9-He wanted to be heard buy hundred of people. What do you think he meant?

10-“You can´t learn music from books” Wizard told Evan. What is your opinión about that?

11-At the end both parents are playing their music in their own concerts and there was a moment where classical and rock music got beautifully blended. When? What did it suggest to you? 

12- The most unbelievable part of the story for you.

13-Music plays the main role in this film. Is it :

  1. A way to escape?

  2. a way to find yourself?

  3. a way to express your feelings?

  4. a way to communicate with others?

  5. a way to make people be better?

Guión realizado por Antonio Carrasco, profesor de Inglés del IES Rodríguez Moñino