I've been on a Desplat kick this past week, in preparation for the concert in London next Thursday. Can't wait to attend it. I remember really digging him when I first heard some of his scores (Luzhin Defence, Hostage, Birth, Pearl Earing), but I went off him for awhile, after a series of his scores left me underwhelmed. However, having a relisten has reminded me how good some of his more recent stuff has been (New Moon is ace and King's Speech sounded a bit better too). Still don't like Golden Compass or his Potter scores that much though. A mate just passed me a copy of Imitation Game so I'm hitting that next. I hope he does Monuments Men live next week.
Aye Chris, I haven't heard that much of his early years (French) stuff, as I only discovered him via his early American scores around the time of Hostage. Being brutally honest, he's actually my 3rd favourite current French composer, as I much prefer the music of Philippe Rombi and Frederic Talgorn. But their yearly outputs combined doesn't come close to what Desplat does!