SERENITY Benjamin Wallfisch Capsule Review

SerenityEthereal, haunting, dreamlike – these are the strands which flow in the opening title track. It is also quite beautiful. Similar strands run through the whole soundtrack therefore negating any discernable themes other than The Beast, a cue which highlights one of the main characters [fishing boat captain Baker Dill played by Matthew McConaughey] obsession with catching a king-sized tuna and how, like the cues ending, there is a tentative heartbeat and climatic ending – as the fish once again slips away from him.

It’s difficult to give any definition to the cues as it all melds together within the same structure, this is not a negative as the structure, which is relatively slow paced, is easy to lose yourself in. You drift and yet stay immersed. Girl At The Bridge is perhaps the stand out cue using a background voice to enhance a dream-like quality that turns eerie with deep notes and tremulous violins. At over just 6 minutes long it’s the scores most powerful piece.

Whilst the film has received none too positive reviews it has been tagged as having a noir setting and same could be said of the score which could also be indexed under sound palette and quickly forgotten but in its sameness it does have texture, it’s a whole rather than a score of parts. It’s Wallfisch in Blade Runner mode and it’s worth a listen.

Rating **1/2/*****
Label: Milan Music

1. Serenity                                          04:45
2. The Beast                                        04:03
3. Suit                                                  02:34
4. Karen                                              01:58
5. Baker Dill                                       02:31
6. Patrick                                            02:56
7. Memory                                         02:18
8. Deliver Me From Temptation   02:32
9. He Wants Justice                         02:27
10. Girl At The Bridge                     06:48
11. I Am The Rules                          04:03
12. Plymouth Island                       01:53
13. I Remember You                       03:46
14. Catch That Fish                         01:57
15. How We See It                           03:16
16. Creator                                        04:43
17. Justice                                          03:12
18. Alternate Reality                       03:03
19. It’s Dad                                        03:45

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