Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Frost/Nixon by Hans Zimmer (Review)

I know this is a little late, but for some reason I never got around to reviewing it. Hans Zimmer closes out another stellar year with his minimalist score to Frost/Nixon. The score finds a pulse and goes on it. It's very unique and definitely completes the wide array of genres we've seen Zimmer attempt in 2008 like The Dark Knight to Kung Fu Panda.

The main motif is a cello based cue that dips in and out throughout the score. It's a score that works incredibly well with the image. I also applaud the restraint shown yet still managing to incorporate thematic material. I mean, scoring a dialogue based film fueled mainly by the performances is no easy task. While watching the film I kept feeling like I wanted the score more upfront and I can tell it was pushed back in the mix, but there were definitely a couple scenes that relied heavily on the score. You really notice the score come front and center in the third act of the film and it basically carries you right to the final image on screen.

It's another amazing score from Hans and it closes another fantastic year for him.

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