Allied Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Allied by Alan Silvestri.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 86.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 13.1
Album Excellence: 43.8%
Allied is a 2016 British-American World War II romantic thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard & Jared Harris. The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. The score is composed by Alan Silvestri.
A romantic drama with a sinister twist from Zemeckis. The trailers implies that not all is rosy between Pitt & Cotillard and there’s some spying going on. And along with Zemeckis comes Alan Silvestri of course. They’ve had a long and fruitful collaboration in film and music and some of Silvestri’s absolute best work has been for Zemecki’s films. However in recent years, there hasn’t been fireworks like in the good old days. The score opens with ‘Essaouria Desert / Main Title’, a soft and peaceful cue. The romance enters when the strings appear. The flute and piano is almost too simple. The darkers side of this piece is perhaps the best though. It feels like the music to a love that can never be. Just a romance with a dark future. It’s disappointing perhaps that there’s no romantic or dramatic theme to speak of at this point. The main theme should be as good as anything to announce the big theme of the score. Still, it’s sort of exciting. There is a theme whicg you can hear more of in ‘What Are Our Odds?’, but it’s not the kind of theme you’ll remember, just a fleeting in-the-moment kind of theme.
What I want to hear more of is music like in ‘It’s A Girl’, a triumphant heroic motif that tears ate my heartstrings. This is the kind of music that could have been featured in Forrest Gump, a fantastic film and score. This is by far the best theme of the score. You can hear it again in cues like ‘Best Day Ever’. It has that classic Silvestri/Zemeckis flair over it and there’s not much that can beat that combo. Overall though, it’s not going down in history as a Silvestri & Zemeckis classic, but there’s that theme which reminds me how great they used to be together. The rest is a bit standard World War II thriller music. There’s some nice percussion which I have to say is a bit unusual for Silvestri, and I quite liked that. It’s a good enough score and maybe that’s enough.
4. It’s A Girl
6. Best Day Ever
8. The Letter/End Credits
9. The Sheik Of Araby