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Film Music Reviews Index

10,000 B.C.: Harald Kloser and Thomas Wander compose an  ancient sounding score that is heartfelt, energetic, and new. Success should follow them.

Anna Karenina: Passionate, beautiful, and entrancing; Dario Marinelli once again captures the ears and hearts of listeners with this stirring composition from Tsarist era Russia.

Argo: Apparently the score does not match how well done the film is, but what else can one truly say of Alexandre Desplat.

Camelot: Mychael & Jeff Danna created a medieval score that is haunting in melody yet elevating with musical voices in this latest adaptation of the Arthurian legend.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age: A.R. Rahman & Craig Armstrong take Daivd Hirchfelder's place to compose a grand score for the sequel for one of Britain's greatest monarchs ever.

Eragon: A fine fantasy score delivered by the abled composer Patrick Doyle.

Game of Thrones Season 2: A score for the fantasy enthusiast by Ramin Djawadi.

Inception: Han's Zimmer's musical designs on the science fiction cinematic masterpiece. Bold, modern, and filled with electronic sounds that haunt and soothe the mind.

Independence Day: Bombastic, emotional, and triumphant are some of the words to describe David Arnold's score for this film. A heart pounding listen is what the audience is in for, and the music is on the same level as John Williams' score for Star Wars films.

King Arthur: Hans Zimmer's take on an ancient epic tale proves heroic and inspirational.

Kingdom of Heaven: Harry Gregson-Williams' extraordinarily beautiful composition of a medieval tale taking place in and around Jerusalem before the 3rd Crusade.

Les Choristes: The beautiful choral music of Bruno Coulais; the score is centered around several songs sung by a boys choir in French.

Lincoln: John Williams scores Steven Spielberg's astounding historical drama, but isn't able to come up with the director's similar results.

Life of Pi: An ethereal score to accompany a surreal story, which pulls the listener away from this world and into a very different one.

Pride and Prejudice: Dario Marianelli's heart warming score concerning one of the most eternal British stories ever written.

Prometheus: Marc Streitenfeld continues his work with Ridley Scott in the world of science fiction. Sounds good on paper, but it's not the best work from their collaboration.

Robin Hood: Newcomer Marc Streitenfeld offers his musical take on the immortal legend of Robin Hood which made the music of composers Korngold and Kamen immortal.

Sherlock Holmes: Hans Zimmer's take on a classic British sleuth for a 21st Century audience.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: Hans Zimmer's score for the second action packed film of the world famous detective.

Skyfall: Thomas Newman scores the latest James Bond film, but the music isn't quite up to par with the film.

Sleepy Hollow: Danny Elfman's dark score for Tim Burton's adpatation of an Old Tale.

Star Trek: Michael Giacchino's take on Star Trek, the saga which has been dominated by composers like James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: Enjoy John Williams' powerful and moving themes for the first film of the Star Wars saga and all of the other action and dramatic music.

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones: John Williams' score for the second prequel, and the first with an official love theme in it, and a more...romantic sound to the overall score.

The Amazing Spider-Man:  James Horner composes this fantastic score for the remake of the comic book superhero.

The Avengers: Alan Silvestri scores for the assembly of some of Marvel's greatest super-heroes. The score though isn't really that super.

The Clone Wars: Kevin Kiner's action packed and exhilerating take on the Star Wars universe. It's not John Williams, but it's not bad.

The Curse of the Black Pearl: Klaus Badelt's comical, yet wonderfully bombastic score for Pirates of the Caribbean the Curse of the Black Pearl.

The Dark Knight Rises: Han Zimmer's epic score to the stunning conclusion of Christopher Nolan's visionary film saga.

The Deathly Hallows Pt. 1: Alexandre Desplat's attempt to score one of the final Harry Potter films.

The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2: Alexandre Desplat's final score for the entire Harry Potter saga. Not exactly sweeping and epic, but there is definite intimacy in some of the tracks.

The Eagle: Atli Örvarsson's score for the historically based film about the Roman 9th legion that was stationed in Britain.

The Half-Blood Prince: Nicholas Hooper's second attempt to score a Harry Potter film. A much better score than his first.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Howard Shore returns to the world of Lord of the Rings with this choral and fiery score.

The Hunt for Red October: Basil Poledouris' score for the epic war film that still remains fresh and amazing over twenty years later.

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: Howard Shore's score to the cinema epic masterpiece, which he won an Academy Award for. It is stirring, heartfelt and powerful.

The Order of the Phoenix: Nicholas Hooper and his score
for the 5th Harry Potter film.

The Phantom of the Opera: The passionate and sensual music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is adapted for a film.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Trevor Rabin's music take on the fantastical epic about a young man striving to become a powerful sorcerer while being attacked by a dark magical practitioner that is out to destroy mankind. 

The Wolfman: Danny Elfman scores the new dark adpatation from the classic Universal horror film. Dark and sweeping violins; for those with film score tastes.

THOR: Patrick Doyle creates an ethereal yet heroic score for the Marvel Comics Norse god of Thunder.

Tiberian Twilight: Original music from the epic conclusion of an award winning computer game series. Stirring, mysterious, and bombastic; it is an enjoyment for all soundtrack enthusiasts.

Transformers: Steve Jablonsky's heroic sounding score for the sci-fi epic, which is ethereal enough to sound alien, but is also reminiscent of a warrior fighting in battle hundreds of years ago.

TRON: Legacy: Daft Punk's score for the sequel to the favorite science fiction favorite. Electrifying and dazzling; immerse yourself into the soundscapes of TRON.

Valkyrie: John Ottman's Prussian sounding score for the period film about a German attmept to remove Nazi power from Germany.

Van Helsing: Alan Silvestri's heart pounding action music, with a dark gothic flare.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader: David Arnold's excellent score on the new Narnia film. Sweeping and epic in depth.

X-Men United: John Ottman and his score for the 2nd X-men Film.