TV recommendation: MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, season three
"You wanna talk about the blood?"
Yes, please! Let's talk about the blood of Gael Garcia Bernal's extravagant, childish character he plays in Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle.
Season 3 begins with our best-known members of the New York Symphony Orchestra scattered all over the world, to each his own, due to contract negotiations and the need to find work elsewhere. Elsewhere in this case includes Venice, Italy, where Hailey (Lola Kirke) finds herself assisting Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) with a new ambitious piece featuring a legendary opera singer (Monica Bellucci). Meanwhile, Gloria (Bernadette Peters) tries to hold the business of the Symphony together, as Thomas (Malcolm McDowell) explores new opportunities, while Cynthia (Saffron Burrows) continues to advocate for the now out-of-work players. Tensions are present as much as ever, and those who have watched the show so far know that Hailey and Rodrigo are struggling to become a things, romantic wise, while also striving to achieve creative enlightenment. Their process is delightful, surrealist and altogether worth a binge-watch.
But romance and tension are not the only two things to find in Mozart in the Jungle. The music is as real as it gets, the female characters are strong and mysterious, while the narrative and cinematography try stick their fingers inside innovative ways of sharing the story with their audience. You'll be able to see a film within a film, as well as an interesting event on water and on land in Venice involving classical opera and modern compositions.
Check out the trailer below to get a glimpse of what I'm talking about.
"“Mozart” is a show about people who may drive each other crazy, but all genuinely love the same thing, which makes it decidedly easy to like. That said, for some reason it always takes real nudging to engage with it, in part because that same pleasant energy doesn’t include the same sort of urgent drive that leads to addictive viewing.
In addition, the writing in general isn’t immune to cliches and expected outcomes (I am officially obligated to deduct a few points for a “He’s right behind me, isn’t he?” scene, as well as the schoolyard taunt “Yo-Yo Ma? Yo mama!”). And sometimes, there are odd vignettes and sidebars that feel included for the sake of random oddness. It’s a show we should all be genuinely grateful is 30 minutes an episode because, after three seasons, I feel confident saying that if it were an hour long, that’d kill it." (Indiewire)
"Globe voters were not wrong to honor Mozart, and they definitely weren’t misguided when they gave the award for best lead actor in a comedy to its star, Gael García Bernal. This show and Bernal exude so much warmth and zest for life that both are a pleasure to watch. That continues to be true in season three, which starts streaming today on Amazon and is worth the relatively modest time investment (each episode runs 30 minutes or less, and there are just ten total), even for those who haven’t touched an instrument since they took turns using the recorder in third-grade music class. [...] A lot of the credit for that goes to the cast, buoyed by greats like Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell, but truly led by García Bernal. As Rodrigo, he is an irresistible, enthusiastic, occasionally maddening life force of a human being. This is the third season in which he and Hailey (Kirke) have danced around each other as mentor/mentee, as well as will-they-or-won’t-they romantic partners, and he still pronounces her name High-A-Lie instead of Hay-lee; it's become a term of endearment and a word he says so often, it’s almost like it functions as a mantra. It’s those little, idiosyncratic touches and his irrepressible, natural energy that make Bernal so great here; even something as basic as “High-a-Lie, what’s up?” turns into a laugh line because he says it with so much infectious glee." (Vulture)
"What ultimately makes Mozart in the Jungle such a uniquely enjoyable binge watch (each season runs for a quick 10 episodes that are less than a half-hour each) is its French New Wave style, and how it’s never afraid to follow a character just for the vignette, allowing each experience to feel like we’re being let in on a secret delight. Season 2’s “Touché, Maestro, Touché” was a visually stunning drug-induced trip, while Season 3 experiments with its seventh episode, “Not Yet Titled,” which is a short-form documentary by the character Bradford Sharp (Jason Schwartzman)." (Collider)
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