It's when film's 'rain their terror', that scores 'rain their glorious splendor'. This score is no exceptional.
Pompeii. The ill-fated city of the Romans.
Mount Vesuvius. A live volcano that threatens to erupt any minute.
Lot's of people are aware of this ancient historical event. Pliny the Younger in a letter to Tactucus writes this about the eruption:
"Ashes were already falling, not as yet very thickly. I looked round: a dense black cloud was coming up behind us, spreading over the earth like a flood.'Let us leave the road while we can still see,'I said,'or we shall be knocked down and trampled underfoot in the dark by the crowd behind."
Pompeii, focus's on; Chaos, destruction, action, sword fights, and groundbreaking effects. Yet, amongst all that, the story of, love? Yes of course, a romance. The film has been getting a lot of criticism for be un-original and very cliche story-wise. Apparently, so is the score.
The album, composed by Clinton Shorter, has been described fittingly as 'trailer music'. And trailer music it is. The score is big, brassy, and epic. The main theme appears in all of it's glory, in the opening cue, Pompeii. The theme is a powerful, choral chant.
Most of the music is pure, epic-action music, heavy on the vocals and percussion.
The music takes a drastic change near the end of the album in the cue, I Won't Leave You. The cue starts off with synthetic vocals reminiscent of James Horner's Titanic. It transitions as slow strings play a mellow tune and female vocals take over. The cue is gorgeous and ethereal.
So, does trailer music belong in a movie score? Most critics agree that, 'no, trailer music doesn't belong in a film score' (Click here to read that particular review). I tend to agree however, it depends on the film. I believe that an epic film deserves an epic score. Is Pompeii an 'epic film'? Yes, it is and thus needs an appropriate score to follow suit.
- Away From You
- My Gods
- I Won't Leave You
- Praying For Help