Score: A Film Music Documentary


Documentary / Music

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
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IMDb Rating 7.3 10 1924


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Steven Spielberg as Himself
James Cameron as Himself
John Williams as Himself
Danny Elfman as Himself
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1hr 33 min
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Reviewed by John F. Rodgers 10 / 10

The complete package, a good look inside the process of movie scoring.

If you love movies and love the music of the movies, then this film is for you! First of all, a lot of great music here and there as examples, and the interviews with top composers are very informative. There is a little bit of film history woven in, and of course film music history, too. This film really hits all the bases. I'm an indie filmmaker/composer in development myself, and already knew many of these things in the film, but the film was still very informative and inspiring to me! If you have any interest in movies and music, this film may just "suck you in" and keep you watching!

It covers also about the psychology of music in film, why and how the music does what it does - to create or enhance a mood and help guide the audience towards the intended purpose of the filmmakers. And then there is also a lot of info about specific films and how they decided what kind of style and sound they wanted. And some info about the technical processes also, how they work in the recording sessions, and during editing of the movies.

Reviewed by intelearts 7 / 10

603rd Review: Good on modern composers, but could be more

Score is the sort of documentary that anyone with more than a passing interest in film can enjoy - financed partially by 1,870 backers it explores in real depth the process, the creation, the orchestration, engineering and history of the past 30 years in film.

Score starts ambitiously, looking at movie scoring in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, before turning to the great composers of the 70s Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams. It then turns to look at more recent favourites. There are plenty of interviews and plenty of scores.

However, the film is restricted by studio choices to only being able to use certain scores, and some of the really great film scores that one would love to know more about just aren't there. In particular, with the tragic death of James Horner, having only a two minute piece (a very good piece though) in the credits is a real shame. I sat through the whole film waiting for the section on James Horner that simply isn't there.

Again, it is a well-made and interesting insight to the world of film scoring and deserves viewing, but for this viewer by not being able to get all the studios to release their soundtracks at a minimal cost the film ends up focusing on only some of the great scores.

Reviewed by Benjamin Ryan Alford 10 / 10

One of the best documentaries I've had the pleasure of watching...

In 1989, I remember entering my local movie theater to watch Tim Burton's "Batman" -- a film I was eager to see due to my nerd-like obsession with this comic-book hero. What I didn't expect was to be consumed with the film's dark and edgy score, composed by Danny Elfman. While kids were lining up to get the Batman action figures, t-shirts, and other items stamped with the iconic Batman symbol, I was at my local music store purchasing the soundtrack on cassette.

I was mesmerized by Elfman's score. It invigorated an intense sense of imagination and allowed me to think clearly; it calmed my insecurities as a awkward adolescent. Hell, I had to go back and purchase another cassette because I wore-out the first one I bought.

From that point on, I didn't watch movies; I listened. I judged all films by their scores. If the music didn't give me the chills and move my imagination, then I wasn't interested. And I can easily name the films that left me with an urgency to buy the soundtrack on cassette, and later on CD. James Horner's "Glory," John Barry's "Dances With Wolves," Basil Poledouris' "The Hunt For Red October," Ennio Morricone's "The Mission," Randy Newman's "The Natural," Jerry Goldsmith's "Hoosiers," Elliot Goldenthal's "Interview with the Vampire" and anything produced by John Williams--all were scores I had playing on repeat throughout my younger years.

And later in my adult years, I was heavily influenced by the scores composed by Hans Zimmer, John Debney, Ramin Djawadi, Marc Streitenfeld, Tom Holkenborg, Bear McCreary, and many others.

I was obsessed. Still am. In fact, I'm listening to Hans Zimmer's "Gladiator" score while writing this review. And just yesterday, I couldn't hold back my excitement to listen to Zimmer's latest film score: "Blade Runner 2049." I haven't even seen this in the theaters yet, if that tells you anything.

Why does all this matter? When watching "SCORE: A Film Music Documentary," I find myself enthused about movie-making again--the craft... the core of what it takes to be an artist. This documentary allows me to see inside the mind of the film score composer. And at the age when I first started listening to film scores, I was heavily influenced by guys like Danny Elfman, James Horner and John Williams--while my friends had Madonna, Bon Jovi, and other pop artists. But I could feel those emotions again, while watching this documentary. It made me feel young again. New. Creative.

Watching SCORE was therapeutic for me. It was familiar but invigoratingly fresh. And I was able to once again appreciate what it meant to listen to a film, rather than just watch. Thanks to the film's director and writer, Matt Schrader, and his entire crew for making this work of art. It's allowed me to break through the mundane and wake my child-like imagination to be creative and true to myself.

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