April 4, 202470/1005 min
Rudy Mancuso, Camila Mendes, Francesca Reale, J.B. Smoove
Written by
Dan Lagana and Rudy Mancuso
Directed by
Rudy Mancuso
Run Time
1h 31min
Release Date
April 4th, 2024
Overall Score
Rating Summary

In a world where something works, it is not uncommon for that thing to be copied over and over again. Sure, things are not exactly clones, but the basic layout remains the same. Romantic comedies are victims of this phenomenon because they work, but as we all know, merely following the formula doesn’t guarantee a good movie. However, once in a while, one will come along and send shockwaves through the system, making you question what is possible. Música is one such shockwave that will change what you expect from a romantic comedy, and may itself be copied in the future.

For Rudy (Rudy Mancuso), life seems to lack direction right now. His girlfriend Haley (Francesca Reale) pretty much said that as she was breaking up with him. As for what Rudy has going for him, it’s talent – as a puppeteer. But his shows take place in subway hallways as he tries to find an audience. In the midst of this, he meets Isabella (Camila Mendes), and like a fish hitting his face, he feels something right away when their eyes meet. Things are never simple though, as Rudy has synesthesia, a phenomenon that causes sensory crossovers; in Rudy’s case, everyday sounds he turns into music. This makes life a little complicated at times, but with Isabella, he feels something different. However, things are never as easy as they seem. Just as things are starting to take off with Isabella, Haley wants to get back together. Although Rudy knows it is Isabella he wants to be with, he doesn’t want to hurt Haley. This sets up quite an adventure as he tries to juggle things with both.

While from a narrative perspective, Música feels simple, thanks to Mancuso’s directorial eye, he makes things interesting. The story is told through beautifully edited transitions, as well as stunning uses of animation and perspectives. At first, Música can be a little disorientating, but it won’t take long for you to catch the beat. Once you do, you will find yourself caught in the movie’s trance. However, it’s more than just a clever stylistic concept, as Música is also a profoundly personal statement about culture, as it celebrates it.

Música is a deeply personal artistic film that offers a visual and audio treat. Having synesthesia must make for a unique experience for Mancuso, and he has brought you into his world, delivering a unique cinematic experience. While that doesn’t always translate to the framework of the narrative, everything else arguably outshines, as its small imperfections pale in comparison to its incredible achievements. Mancuso is fabulous in every aspect, as well as Mendes, as you can feel the chemistry between the two. For all the dazzlement the film delivers, it is also anchored by vulnerability and sincerity, which add heart to such a wonderful story. There is simply a world before seeing Música and the one after you have seen Música. Rudy Mancuso has without a doubt found the right note with this one.

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