Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mozart in the Jungle

Mozart in the Jungle is an Amazon original series that follows the lives of the members of New York Cities most prestigious symphony. This show, based off of the novel Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, is created by Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman. The plot follows a young new maestro by the name of Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) as he attempts to bring a new sense of wonder into the slowly dying orchestra. Along the way newcomer Hailey (Lola Kirke) is doing her best to make a name for herself in the cut-throat industry.

The first thing that I have to say about this show is that it is unlike any series that I have ever seen before. The style that the show is shot in is eye-catching; however it is not so well shot that the cinematography is a sole factor for the show to rely upon. Where this series truly flourishes is the character developments alongside the dialogue these characters have. The show truly sticks to its tagline "what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what occurs on stage." We follow all of the characters as they spend their time performing with the symphony as well as their individual lives outside. For example we follow the 1st chair Oboist. She is introduced as an uptight, older woman who would do anything to win but the moment we leave the orchestra house her personality is the polar opposite. We realize she is a heavy drug user who enjoys spending her days getting high while listening to music.

Overall I believe that this show is interesting and has a lot of positive traits in it. The actors are all very strong, perfectly portraying and adding depth to their characters. It is shot very well and the story kept me watching for the entire first season. I would definitely recommend everyone give this show a try due to the creative and interesting story.

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