The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
In a distant past, almost a lifetime away I took a Music in Film course while studying at Baruch College. It taught us to dissect scenes filled with original music, popular songs, and sound effects. The most I took away from that course was realizing how much emotion music adds to a film.
Fast forward to 2017. The year I took a flight from Jamaica and watched The Meyerowitz Stories directed by the incomparable Noah Baumbach and starring Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, and Dustin Hoffman. Overall the whole cast and the tone of the film is spectacular and pitch perfect.
The film is a story weaved around a family with interesting dynamics and idiosyncrasies. It's a story of regret, missed opportunities and hope. It was one of my favorite films of the year. It took me back to my childhood growing up with separated parents and being around my paternal grandmother who was an artist and a visionary, much like Dustin Hoffman's character is in the film in so many ways.
The music in the film, composed by Randy Newman is an artistic endeavor that can live independently of the film. Yet, while listening to it separately I am immediately taken back to the emotional scenes in it. Such is the simplicity and the genius of Randy Newman's score. It perfectly captures the feelings, without imposing itself on to the screen. It's also quite inspiring.
Even if you don't have time to watch the whole film (and you should), definitely give the music a listen. It will make you feel slightly nostalgic, wonder in amazement and smile all at once.