2018’s Movie Music scene has been fantastic, with all sorts of genres being covered. Whether you want an original musical, a classical piece or a mix of electronics and bongo’s, 2018 has it. It’s broken new ground with percussion work, as well as releasing the first score album with a parental advisory warning. In this post, I’ll be recounting some of the best pieces of movie music from the last year, and I’ve even collated a playlist so you can listen along with my picks. You lucky devils!
Mary Poppins, made in 1964, is practically perfect in every way. It is the jewel in Disney’s live action crown, and is rightfully regarded as one of the best films ever made. Naturally, in today’s modern saturated movie market, a long overdue sequel was made. While Mary Poppins doesn’t begin to eclipse the original, it gives it a damn good try.
Well, it’s no surprise to hear that Disney’s mega budget CGI fest of a Nutcracker film is utterly dreadful. When it was first announced, it baffled everyone. Why on earth were Disney funding a live-action adaptation of the iconic Russian ballet? The answer, they weren't. They were actually making a dull, predictable story under that banner, so they could use some iconic classical music to hide the death of their originality. And boy does it stink.
Queen are arguable one of the biggest and best loved bands in the world. Lead by front man Freddie Mercury, they created countless classics. Now, telling the story of Freddie and his balancing act between the stage and his personal life, Bohemian Rhapsody takes us on the journey of Queen from their inception to their iconic 1985 Live Aid performance. Despite certain historical discrepancies being taken, and a definite glorification of the characters, this toe-tapping musical drama will absolutely Rock You!
In his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper has created an incredibly powerful, raw and emotional piece. In the most positive way possible, this is 2018’s La La Land…and might even be better than it.
The title of this tells you everything you need to know. Everything they did, they’re doing again. More ABBA, more horrible dialogue and more cheesy hammed-up performances. And you know what, Ol Parker (this instalment's director) has absolutely Nailed It! It’s a rare thing to watch a film that is so utterly naff and yet is so utterly uplifting and enjoyable.
Danny Elfman has defined the sound of Tim Burton’s films for over 30 years. His quirky scores for all but three of Burton’s films have helped him create a distinctly unique style. An accomplished singer-songwriter and composer for many other films, Danny Elfman is one of the most prolific composers in Hollywood. Danny Elfman grew … Continue reading What’s the score with Danny Elfman?
In the last ten years, Henry Jackman has gone from a small composer to one that has scored for some of the biggest blockbusters of recent years. Known for his work with Matthew Vaughn and several Marvel films, this Hans Zimmer prodigy has developed his own style to create great blockbuster scores with a unique … Continue reading What’s the score with Henry Jackman?
Michael Giacchino is an American film composer known for his lighthearted, fun style and has composed for a huge range of blockbuster films. His collaborations with Brad Bird and Pixar have given us some of the best loved scores of the 21st Century. With several major blockbusters being scored by him (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom … Continue reading What’s the score with Michael Giacchino?
Alexandre Desplat is a French-born composer who has scored for more than 150 films. His work has a very wide range, that mixes beautifully romantic scores for films like The Kings Speech and The Imitation Game, with his more quirky, humorous scores in collaboration with Wes Anderson. Born in Paris in 1961, Desplat began playing … Continue reading What’s the score with Alexandre Desplat?