Today marks the 261st birth anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To those who do not know this great composer, Mozart is one of the best classical music artists of the 18th century. Sure, he lived a long time ago, but his name is among the most popular in classical music, right next to Beethoven, Vivaldi and Bach
For the Music
Mozart in the Jungle uses some of the best classical music of all time and recreates it with its own orchestra performances. It is a haven for classical fans, and even if you are not into that kind, give this show a try. You will see classical music in a whole new light.
For the never-seen-before Story
The comedy-drama deals with the lives of musicians playing in the New York Symphony. It revolves around the journey of a young oboist playing among highly experienced artists while talking about the struggles of these musicians, and red tape in the business.
For Gael Garcia Bernal
The best character of the show is undoubtedly its lead character, Rodrigo – the conductor of the New York Symphony – played by Gael Garcia Bernal. The character is humorous, lively and highly eccentric. Bernal’s portrayal of the same has won him an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
For its other characters
While Bernal often overshadows the other actors in the show, they are amazing in their own way. The female lead is played by Lola Kirke, and popular actress and singer, Bernadette Peters, is also a part of the show. Monica Bellucci makes an appearance in Season 3.
For Mozart, who makes regular appearances
Rodrigo, a talented musician, is often visited by the classical composer, in his head. He has visions of various popular composers, who appear to give him advice and direction whenever he is in a quandary. Mozart, in Rodrigo’s head, is sarcastic and hilarious, in a modern kind of way.
For its relevance
While the show is mostly all music and laughs, there’s a hidden reality behind its entertaining storyline; one that reveals the dark underbelly of classical music. Several issues like minimum wage, healthcare, retirement, and donations in an elite institution are discussed among others.
For the comedy, and the drama, and the romance
Even though the show is essentially a comedy drama, there’s so much more to it. Performances in every episode make it pleasantly musical, while the brewing romance between Rodrigo and Hailee
Just 3 seasons, 30 episodes and 15 hours – that’s all you need to complete a marathon of Mozart in the Jungle. That’s almost as long as one whole season of Game of Thrones, but we guarantee that this will be just as entertaining, if not more. Give it a shot, and let us know in comments what you think of the show.