New Release Review: Score: A Film Music Documentary
Jaws. Star Wars. Rocky. Indiana Jones. Psycho. James
Bond. Batman. The Omen. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It’s impossible
to discuss these landmarks of cinema - among countless others - without
mentioning their scores, which continue to resonate to this day. The
soundtrack can be seen as the heart of a film, as it possesses the
ability to subconsciously
elevate or manipulate viewers’ emotions. Score: A Film Music
Documentary examines the power that music has in movies.
every modern name in film scoring provides insight into their process,
including: Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight), Danny
Elfman (Batman), Trent Reznor (The Social Network), Junkie XL (Mad Max:
Fury Road), Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings), Steve Jablonsky
(Transformers), Henry Jackman (Captain America: Civil War), Marco
Beltrami (Scream), Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead), and Tyler Bates
(Guardians of the Galaxy), to name a few. Various experts - from
filmmaker James Cameron to historians to studio musicians - are also
This video is such a great musical analysis of Wonder Woman’s Theme Song and how Rupert Gregson-Williams carefully placed Hans Zimmer’s Wonder Woman theme song into Wonder Woman (2017).
“Rupert Gregson-Williams wanted to feature this melody [Zimmer’s Wonder Wonder Woman theme] but realized when we hear it in BvS, Wonder Woman has already grown into a confident warrior so it makes sense that her theme is warlike and well developed in its superhero confidence. However, this movie is Diana’s origin story. It’s about her transitioning into a superhero. So for the first hour of the movie, Williams crafted new music which he described as feminine but underpinned with percussion and propulsion. He wanted it to build a crescendo as Diana increasingly learned about the darkness in the world around her until she decides to take action. Then the turning point happens when Diana crosses No Man’s Land and once she gets to the other side Williams waits until that precise movement to finally hit us with Zimmer’s theme an hour and 17 minutes in right as Diana jumps into the German-controlled building and tear them apart This is the exact moment that we see Diana transformed into a full superhero as she is bvS so naturally we hear Zimmer’s theme.”
okay, so can we talk about the opening to BvS for a quick second?
I just want to point out all of the amazing parts to this scene: Bruce hopping off the helicopter in loafers before it’s even on the ground, his fear that’ll he’ll be too late, the awesome driving skills. The potential robins in like, every other shot.
But what really gets me, every fucking time, are the 9/11 vibes. Most of us remember at least something about that day in the US, or definitely saw videos in school. Remember the clouds of dust, the collapsing buildings with thousands of people sprinting in front of them?
Hans Zimmer did an AMAZING fucking job with this score, because it pulled at every heartstring. When Jack is praying, the music slows down, and it feels so hopeless.
Then Bruce starts running, once again in loafers, towards the building that’s actively collapsing. The music speeds up, the choral sections growing louder as he barrels towards the dust cloud, and then–
he hits the cloud, and everything goes white. It was timed absolutely perfectly. The thing that gets me is, Bruce never stops running. He puts his hands up and fucking sprints into the cloud, pretending like, somehow, one man could stop a building from collapsing, and if he only got close enough, it would be enough to save his employees, and his company. To save Jack.
This scene messes with me for so many reasons. I think I almost panicked in the theaters when I watched it for the first time. I knew, then and there, that Ben Affleck’s Batman was going to be my favorite.