Saturday, October 10, 2015

SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: The Brothers Grimm by Dario Marianelli

Dario Marianelli has made a name for himself with this dark, march-heavy, orchestral score to The Brothers Grimm. Had the movie opened big Dario Marianelli would have been widely popular and perhaps given an Oscar nod for his work here. He got his due attention with Pride And Prejudice for he was nominated an Oscar for. 

"Dickensian Beginnings" starts off a bit mellow with low strings playing a soft, slow intro before the dark march begins to take over. The main theme makes its presence known after the loud brassy interruption to the soft opening. 

"Red Riding Hood" starts off with the xylophone Red Riding Hood theme, but it immediately becomes dark with the presence of evil as something chases Red Riding Hood. 

"The Forest Comes to Life" is the longest track of the album and by far the darkest. The strings are eerie and spooky. The Red Riding Hood theme is present for a while. A chorus adds to the scary tension built by a dark march for the forest. We also hear the theme for the Brothers Grimm in this track. 

I could go on but you get the picture. The stand-out track is "The Forest Comes to Life" because it contains most of the themes of the album, and because of its masterful composition. 

Other Dario scores worth checking out include Atonement and V For Vendetta. I’m excited to hear what’s he’s done for Pan

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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