Hai Lai and Rodrigo are back!!!
I’ve been following “Mozart in the Jungle” for quite a while and I’ve been waiting more than a year for this next season.
Starring Lola Kirke, Gael Garcia Bernal and created by Alex Timbers, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, the show revolves around a New York based Orchestra and the issues they face to keep the boat afloat and keep performing.
I’ve already written a review about the show before the premiere of season 3 and I HAD to talk about this one.
It’s quite different from its previous series. At the end of season 3, we left Hailey with her vision of Marianne, Mozart’s older sister after having slept with Rodrigo.
Following the whole “The Fiamma” fiasco with the horrendous acting of Monica Bellucci, this was a breath of fresh air.
Although it focuses mostly on Rodrigo and Hailey’s new-found romantic relationship and the struggles and issues they will eventually face. The Maestro calling himself “The Boyfriend” a thousand times without fully understanding the meaning behind it was hilarious.
He is even crazier this season. Absolutely mental. He makes no sense, has literally no normal connections with other people other than Hailey and on top of that, he has lost his muse: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself.
I adored how much Rodrigo and Hailey physically connected with each other, somehow finding occasions to touch the other one. Usually in TV relationship, it’s not something that is shown and the actors are in contact with each other only whenever it’s explicitly required. I thought this was a quirk that made the show so much more realistic.
The trope “I feel inferior because my boyfriend is more successful, famous and better than me” was unnecessary: it diminished their relationship and their connection. It was a “girl-power” move that I fully support but at the same time I didn’t like the way it was executed. Mixing professional and personal life is never a good idea and this trope bummed me out. Everybody knows that. Come on.
I loved Cynthia’s commitment to the youth Orchestra, Thomas’ path to reinvent classical music performances and to implement new ideas, the Orchestra’s love and support for Hailey.
Speaking of Hailey, her quest to make it in a field mostly dominated by men, performing male composers pieces was inspiring. Her determination to make it in that difficult field while empowering other musicians and composers was perfect for these times of revolution. (Despite being written and shot before the rise of the “#metoo” and “Time’sUp” movements in recent months.)
There is always a conceptual and visually artistic episode and this one involved a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and LSD type hallucinations of both Rodrigo and Hailey.
Concluding, if you have Amazon Prime Video, do yourself a favour and watch it. You won’t regret it.
P.S. And how could I forget Liberace!!!! Instead of Mozart, Maestro Rodrigo started seeing Liberace! Costume, glitters, sequins and all! I love it!!!!