I finally saw the independent film Beasts of Southern Wild, at the cinema. A film that explores the magic of folklore through the eyes of a very brave six year old girl named Hushpuppy. A girl who lives on the outskirts on of the Southern Delta in the midst of a small forgotten place called The Bathtub. In the story, her father falls ill, just as a deadly storm approaches and threatens to wipe out all who still live in the town. So Hushpuppy sets out on a brave mission to find her long lost mother, as her world is turned upside down in the blink of an eye. That’s my little synopsis, and I truly enjoyed the film and encourage you all to go see it sometime.
I have to say that it’s been a particularly great year for film scores. Not only did we see the return of established staples such as John Williams, Danny Elfman, and Thomas Newman, but we were treated to some strong new talent like Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin and Heather McIntosh. I had a difficult time solidifying this top ten, and an even more impossible time with my top five, of which all could have been my number one. Anyway, enough introduction and here’s my top ten film scores of 2012.
1.Beasts of the Southern Wild (Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin | Cinereach Music)
Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, also wearing the directorial cap on this picture, teamed up to deliver what I consider to be the best score of the year, brimming with compositions that celebrate the genuine wonder of life, while at the same time never losing sight of the fact that decay and loss are also integral parts of living. The score is comprised of sounds that feel as if they emerged from the film’s fantastical realm, bursting with horns and banjos, making for some of the most elative music I’ve heard in some time.