Not content with compiling just a list of my favourite films of the year, I’ve felt the need to compile yet another film related list. My favourite film scores of the year.
This year’s been more miss for me than hit with film scores. Some of the big films failed massively with their scores and then there were some unexpected films which had fantastic pieces.
In fact, there’s only five films I can pick out of the cinematic releases this year (That I’ve seen. I can’t listen to a film score when I haven’t seen the film!) where the score has made an impact on me.
Hands down, one of Hans Zimmer’s best efforts of late. What’s so great about it is that it isn’t a rehash of Batman Begins nor The Dark Knight’s scores. It stands on its own, but uses themes from previous films perfectly to create its own identity.
Favourite track: Why do we Fall?
Patrick Doyle is fast becoming a favourite score composer of mine. Listening to the score for Brave is enough to bring tears to my eyes. Probably one of my favourite Pixar film scores, come to think of it.
Favourite track: In her heart
An odd choice, right? No. You have to listen to this score. The film was average at best. But it got pushed to a decent average by Paul Leonard-Morgan’s thumping score. It suits the film perfectly. Dirty and bassy. Best listened to very, very loud.
Favourite track: She’s a pass
Howard Shore’s score for The Lord of the Rings films is one of my all time favourite film scores. So, I had no doubt he’d be able to bring something just as magical this time around. Listening to the score, it feels like a continuation of The Lord of the Rings’ score music. Over the Misty Mountains Cold is a beautiful bit of music and love how that theme’s carried in the film.
Favourite track: Misty mountains
Thomas Newman’s Skyfall score is probably my least favourite out of all of these, but even then, it’s a damn good score. Unlike the title track by Adele, the score brings old style James Bond score to the film and blends it with the new. Just like the film.
Favourite track: The Bloody Shot
Have I missed any out? Anything I should have listened to?