- Various Artists
- Mark Mothersbaugh
5 / 5 Stars
I would have to say that this film embodies a rather unique brand of storytelling about the strange love triangle that forms between Harry Blume (Murray) Max Fischer (Schwartzman) and newcomer Olivia Williams as Miss Cross. I really cant describe why I really like it, its just one of those films that everything kind of fits together perfectly, no matter how odd the situations are in the film. It has everything a good romantic comedy should have, love, betrayal, revenge, and for the happy ending, something original. Of course, it really cant be considered a romantic comedy by conventional methods either. It fits as a coming of age film with Max Fischer coming to terms with his pre-pubescent lust for a first grade teacher while battling for her attention with the older Mr. Blume. Its a truly strange combination by any means.
For a strange film, you need an equally fitting strange score and musical accompaniment. This is aptly provided by former Devo frontman, Mark Mothersbaugh, who as a film composer has a strange resume to suit, including The Rugrats Movie and The New Age. When there isnt the score we get treated to the best use of pop music in a film in the past ten years, with tracks coming from such luminaries as The Who, Zoot Sims, The Kinks, John Lennon, and Cat Stevens. The score and the songs add another bizarre level to the drama and humor throughout the film, and even an inside joke upon listening to the full versions of some songs.
I would recommend anyone to pick this album up just for the experience, and upon the recent release of it to video, I recommend seeing the film again for the first time. I would hope that Mark stays with his talents displayed on this film and Im also looking forward to the next Anderson/Wilson collaboration which Im sure is in the works.
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