Alexandre Desplat to Score Wes Anderson’s GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Desplat has scored Anderson’s last two films, Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox, and it appears that Anderson plans on continuing the relationship as Screen Daily (via The Playlist) reports that Desplat will be scoring Grand Budapest Hotel. Also returning for this latest project are producer Scott Rudin and cinematographer Robert Yeoman. Rudin has produced every Anderson film since The Royal Tenenbaums and Yeoman has lensed all but the stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox, so these are unsurprising tidbits.
Grand Budapest Hotel is noteworthy because this is the first film that Anderson has written without a co-writer. His previous projects have seen him write the screenplay alongside Owen Wilson, Noah Baumbach, and most recently Roman Coppola, but he penned Grand Budapest entirely on his own. He’s off to a good start with the film’s cast, as Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, and Mathieu Amalric are all set to star, with Owen Wilson possibly taking a small role. With Moonrise Kingdom being one of his best films to date, anticipation is high for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.
Ugh Alexandre Desplat kills me every time.
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t initially like the score when I first heard it while watching the film. However after a listen through a day after seeing the movie, I’ve fallen quite in love with it. Desplat has created some gorgeous themes for the film and there are several nuances in his music that amaze me in bringing out more of the characters and scene. For instance there’s this great muted horn during “Pitch on the Globe” that’s somewhat symbolic of Pitch’s mischievous ways. For now though I think my favorite piece is “Tooth Collection”, a frenzied and chaotic piece that perfectly melds with the scene it goes along with. I’d highly suggest listening to the score yourself after the film, especially if you’re a film score fan like myself, and I think you’ll see what I mean.
Review by Johannes Ruckstuhl
It’s been a busy year for Alexandre Desplat, with the prolific Frenchman contributing music to no fewer than nine films. And although the reception of these scores has not been as unanimously positive as in recent years, the most high profile has been saved…
When I see a movie, the music is always one of the most important things for me. The feels it gives me….Even though I’ve spoiled the movie pretty much completely already, I don’t want the feels spoiled for me. From listening to the trailer music and the soundtrack previews and knowing it’s Alexandre Desplat, I know this movie is going to be 1000000000% more epic with the music. And I don’t want to spoil that part.
Interesting. I see it the other way around. I think music is as important of an element as acting or lighting (well, it depends…) but I like familiarizing myself with themes and then experience it with all the other elements - forming and breaking connotations….or I’m just too excited…>