Allies Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Allies by Philippe Jakko.
At a glance:
48 minutes of score
Geek Score: 77,3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 19.67
Album Excellence: 41%
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Allies directed by Dominic Burns is a World War II movie set in August 1944 where a team of British soldiers led by a US Captain are dropped behind enemy lines in France on a mission that could shorten the war. As nothing goes according to plan, commando Sergeant Harry McBain and Captain Gabriel Jackson know they must put aside personal animosity if the mission is to succeed. Inspired by true events, Allies tells the story of friendship and survival. The score is composed by Philippe Jakko who might be one to watch as he is composing for a lot of movies in 2014 and 2015. The ‘Opening’ is a bit uninspiring I thought. It’s a tense action cue, but there’s no great theme to enjoy. A proper theme first pops up in the heroic and inspirational ‘Brothers’. It’s very good, but I’m still waiting for the score to really come alive.
The score combines well between the more dramatic moments and the heroic moments. There’s those typical short World War II drums and there might be a dark string part for the motif. The action scoring works, but I like the heroic parts much better. Jakko is sometimes attempting long ostinatos and slow buildups like Hans Zimmer does well. ‘Partisan’ is a cue that reminds me a bit of ‘The Thin Red Line’. I think it’s good, but it feels like the score lacks power or there’s instruments missing. I’m guessing that there wasn’t a massive orchestra involved, more of an intimate affair. I think if you want to go epic you have to go big or fake big. Both can work, but here it’s just not enough for me. I don’t get that “epic” feeling.
I think that if there was just more of everything in the cues presented, this could really have been spectacular. As it is, I would say it’s really good, I just want more.
3. Harry’s Moment
13. Billy’s Moment
14. Harry and Catherine