A Cure For Wellness Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score A Cure For Wellness by Benjamin Wallfisch.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 82.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 10.9
Album Excellence: 23.8%
A Cure For Wellness aka A Cure For Life is a 2016 German-American thriller film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs & Mia Goth. An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure. The score is composed by Benjamin Wallfisch.
This has all the signs of an exciting thriller, and that trailer looks awesome. Plus it’s Gore Verbinski which makes me very excited for the what we’ll hear from Mr. Wallfisch. Surely it can’t be as bombastic and big as the trailer music? Let’s find out. The score opens with ‘Hannah And Volmer’, and it’s music that portrays childish innocence. It’s like a lullaby, a lullaby of doom because it grows darker. The sound in this score is very different from the trailer, so much that it surprised me quite a bit. There are exceptions of course. The waltz ‘Feuerwalzer’ has some Verbinski-esque epic music in it. For the most part Verbinski and Wallfisch has given this film a contemporary mysterious sound, lots of strings, some choir and some brass.
The trip down horror lane is a short one, and we are indeed going there, although not in a way that will necessarily scare you. ‘The Rite’ is one such cue where it’s so dark and almost at the edge of creepy, but not quite going overboard with the scares. It’s so subtle it’s almost annoying, but I understand and I’m fascinated with what Wallfisch has done. What excites me is when Wallfisch forgets all that and goes in all guns blazing with cues like ‘Actually I’m Feeling Much Better’, that is more like it. Also it never hurts to play with those delicious 80s synths like in the way to short ‘Our Thoughts Exactly’. It’s a complex and a simplistic score. The overall feeling is that it’s very easy to listen to, but it feels endlessly complex underneath the surface. I have no doubt I’m underselling this score which has a strong possibility to grow on me the more I play it. What do you think of the score?
6. Magnificent, Isn’t It?
7. Actually I’m Feeling Much Better
8. Our Thoughts Exactly