I recently bought the score for The Wolfman by Danny Elfman.
I must say that it isn’t all that bad. I don’t know I’ve recently been expecting so much from my scores, but it’s beginning to hurt my feelings. Nothing has recently lived up to my inner hype. I guess I need to quit presuming I know what the score should sound like.
So, much like Avatar, this score didn’t live up to what I wanted it to be, but I really like it for what it is. I haven’t seen the film yet, but I’ve heard/read a few different reviews. So like many times, I’m imagining how this score fits that film.
Very subdued. This is the one word I would use to describe the score overall. Where I had expected some bombast (especially when I read that Paul Hasslinger (Underworld) had been hired to fill in Elfman spots in the movie.
- Sidebar – Elfman couldn’t return to work more on the score when they made changes to the film after he had already finished and recorded the score, so the producers brought on other composers to do this work.
The score came back with a lot more claustrophobic sound, a major player being that of the solo violin player, playing with a heavily gypsy feel.
This subdued, ominous scoring makes me really think of a more classical monster movie, more concerned with suspense than with bombast… which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It would be very interesting to see if this is the genre the film also fits into.
In hindsight, I’m not really sure what I expected… perhaps a transformers-like monster movie (as far as action), and if that’s the case, then shame on me. Because I would honestly prefer a great monster movie with wonderful writing and great story arc. Although, from what I’ve heard, this movie isn’t that at all.
So putting aside what I expected and what I actually got, I will say that the theme in all it’s glory and variations was very nice. At times I heard some textures that I’d heard before (Hellboy II), and the brass was at times reminiscent of Terminator Salvation (but not nearly as prominent).
The score is string and brass heavy with choral vowels at times, and some lines double with select woodwinds. A lot of string percussion and cymbal.
Overall a good, dark, atmospheric score. I would liken it to Sleepy Hollow without the sounds that Elfman would use for Tim Burton, only with a slower tempo. Has anyone seen this film, and is it good?