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 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   TM   (Member)

I think Canto is my favorite track. The cheerful snare theme against the ominous background is awesome. The rest of the album is starting to seem repetitive, but mostly because Canto takes the theme into such outstanding variations.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2014 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I'm not allowing myself to hear any of the score yet so that it will be completely fresh to my ears when I see "Budapest" for the first time a week and a half from now.

Love this Matt Zoller Seitz description of the film: “Imagine the first 10 minutes of Raising Arizona, except it’s two hours long and it’s set in Eastern Europe.”

Hurry up, 7 March!


Wow, that's an awesome description!

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

The film is getting great reviews and so is the music!

http://host.madison.com/daily-cardinal/record-routine-desplat-leaves-no-emotional-vacancy-on-the-grand/article_0407bd26-a324-11e3-b193-001a4bcf887a.html

http://entractemag.com/the-grand-budapest-hotel/

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

Entertainment Weekly gave the film an A- review and mentioned the music!

" It's all nudged along by a wonderful timpani-driven score by Alexandre Desplat that does for this movie what his music in Fantastic Mr. Fox did for that one: makes it hum with intricate momentum. "

Full review: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20764813,00.html

Can't wait for this one! I did not like Wes Anderson at first. 'Tannebaums' and 'Steve Zisou' did nothing for me. It wasn't until FANTASTIC MR FOX and DARJEELING EXPRESS that I liked anything he did. But I absolutely loved MOONRISE KINGDOM and this promises to be as good if not better.
Desplat and Anderson are a great combo.
I too am trying not to listen to any of the score until I see the film.

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 4:25 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Hurry up, 14 March, is what I should have said above. That's when it opens here in Seattle. I watched all of WA's films this winter, and now I'm rarin' to go with this new one!

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2014 - 8:56 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Be sure to stay for the entire end credits. Not only will Desplat's music with its rhythmic flourishes and whistling inspire you to dance on your seat, but there's a goofy bit of animation in the corner of the screen which had the audience members who were sticking around in hysterics.

Already with this and "The Monuments Men" Desplat is well in the lead as composer of the year.

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2014 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Entertainment Weekly gave the film an A+ review and mentioned the music!



It's actually an A- review, in case you don't want to click over to discover for yourself.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

I saw this quirky film the other night in a packed theater and it left me smiling ear to ear. The wacky score had great presence and fit it perfectly, though after listening to the album I'm not sure it's something I can really recommend as a stand-alone listen. I am rather pleased that Mr. Desplat gave us all ten glorious seconds of "Check Point 19 Criminal Internment Camp Overture" on the playlist-- this is the sort of track we used to have to wait for the Deluxe Edition twenty years later.

Nice engineering by Simon Rhodes. The album is amusingly being offered with 24bit depth at HDTracks, although like most albums these days it has the dynamic range of an Edison Cylinder.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

It's all nudged along by a wonderful timpani-driven score by Alexandre Desplat

Hmm...what would Henry Jackman say? big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

My review of THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, for anyone who's interested:.

http://moviemusicuk.us/2014/03/26/the-grand-budapest-hotel-alexandre-desplat/

Jon

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2014 - 7:04 PM   
 By:   foxmorty   (Member)

I didn't think too much of the film but the music is sticking with me. Anderson and Desplat seem to be a pretty good team as I also enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom a lot. Man it's short but the Lutz Police Militia is such a fun little track. Quirky and dark. Love it!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 7:16 AM   
 By:   Pedestrian Wolf   (Member)

For anyone interested, my review of the film and score is up at Movie Music Musings. As always, I'm very interested in your thoughts:

http://moviemusicmusings.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/grand-budapest-hotel-film-and-score-review/

Paul

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Penelope Pineapple   (Member)

For anyone interested, my review of the film and score is up at Movie Music Musings. As always, I'm very interested in your thoughts:

http://moviemusicmusings.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/grand-budapest-hotel-film-and-score-review/

Paul


I saw this film on opening night and then again a few days later. I loved it! (and I think it's best). I do love all of his films, though--but there's something about this one which seems to have notched up above the rest. (And I haven't quite put my finger on why just yet, but, your review had some good insights....)

Your review of the score is spot-on. I thought much the same about Desplat's first two collaborations with Anderson (he could have got the same from Mothersbaugh, which isn't to say that I didn't enjoy Desplat's musical contributions--they were good). But after listening to the score 50+ times now, I completely agree that Desplat finally had something a little more to stretch out with in Anderson's universe. My favorite cues (today, at least) are "The Cold-Blooded Murder of...," "Canto at Gablemeister's Peak," and "Cleared of All Charges." The wild organ bits are amazing! I really just love how it all seems to effortlessly ho-hum along!

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

50 times? I'm surprised that, for as much as I listen to music, I rarely hit 50 plays of anything.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

The music is interesting and I'll probably spring for the album at some point and just avoid the movie big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   franz_conrad   (Member)

I love the film and its music. It's really quite delightful, all the moreso because in the end, it's got stakes. Long live the strange blend of Tati and screwball that Wes Anderson brings to the screen.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Of course the music is good IT'S DESPLAT[HA-HA]

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

The album is available in 48kHz/24bit at HDtracks:

http://www.hdtracks.com/grand-budapest-hotel-original-soundtrack

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

I do love all of his films, though--but there's something about this one which seems to have notched up above the rest. (And I haven't quite put my finger on why just yet, but, your review had some good insights....)

It's the male voice choir going "rum-te-tum-te-tum". When you have a male voice choir going "rum-te-tum-te-tum", every other score pales into insignificance.

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 8:29 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Saw the movie and was blown away by the score, particularly the material for Willem Dafoe's character and when he was stalking Jeff Goldblum. I grabbed the "Cold Blooded Murder..." Cue, but I recall there being more in the film. Is it a shortened version of the cue for the album, or am I missing another separate cue?
I specifically remember a weird synth section when they cut to Dafoe through the bus window as he is following on a motorcycle.

Thanks.

 
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