Soundtrack Review: A Ghost Story

Soundtrack Review: A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score A Ghost Story by Daniel Hart.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 97.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 32.5
Album Excellence: 93%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

A Ghost Story is a 2017 American supernatural drama film directed by David Lowery and starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara & McColm Cephas Jr. With A GHOST STORY, acclaimed director David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE’S DRAGON) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal – a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll. The score is composed by Daniel Hart.

This movie seems like a movie everyone should watch. It’s being released on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD these days. I haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, but with that cast and the glowing reviews, I can’t imagine I’ll walk away from this disappointed. Director David Lowery has again gone for Daniel Hart as his go-to composer and that’s definitely not a bad thing considering how Pete’s Dragon turned out. Be interesting to hear how Hart tackles this subject. Speaking of different, the opneing cue ‘Whatever Hour You Woke’ is wildly different from Pete’s Dragon with an uncomfortable string opening and theme. It’s uncomfortable in the way that the instrument sounds, but it’s also harsh and beautiful. I didn’t quite expect this and I’m positively surprised.

‘Little Notes’ is more in the way I had imagined it would sound, a subtle and minimalistic piece without too much overpowered strings. Another way Hart could go about it would be the more moody minimalistic music which I would have loved, but this is turning out to be quite an interesting score. Sometimes the music has a ghostly feel to it like the latter part of ‘One Door Closes’ and I’m betting it’s for a reason given the subject. The music is best when it’s calm and reflective. That’s when the music becomes most beautiful to me. Of course ghosts can be scary, even in a romantic setting, so when ‘Gentleman Caller’ and ‘Sciunt Se Esse Mortui’ comes around, there are some creepy moments to be had. Finally there’s an emotional indie pop style piece that probably doesn’t fit with the rest of the score called ‘Safe Safe Safe’, but it’s rather great so it can stay. This is a very interesting score, and I suspected it to be minimalistic and it was. I quite enjoyed this.

HIGHLIGHTS:
2. Little Notes
3. One Door Closes
4. Post Pie
5. Gentleman Caller
7. The Secret In The Wall
9. Sciunt Se Esse Mortui
10. Thesaurus Tuus
12. Safe Safe Safe

GD Star Rating
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Soundtrack Review: A Ghost Story, 8.3 out of 10 based on 3 ratings

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