Bilal A New Breed Of Hero Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Bilal A New Breed Of Hero by Atli Orvarsson.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 85.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 14.9
Album Excellence: 32.5%
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is a 2015 English-language Emirati 3D computer-animated action-adventure drama film directed by Khurram H. Alavi, Ayman Jamal and starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane & China Anne McClain. Bilal, a bright eyed carefree boy ignited with fanciful imagination and a dream only a 7 years old can conjure. His voice, a true gift. On a day as similar as any, this dream turns into a nightmare when the village he lives in is ransacked, orphaning him and his younger sister, Ghufaira. Thrown in a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal and Ghufaira find themselves bound to the chaotic wills and wants of the most powerful man in the City, Umayya. Dreams of freedom and the warrior he fantasized he would become, are kept deep in Bilal’s yearning heart. Bilal will soon learn he must choose his own fate, and find the courage to raise his voice. Bilal will challenge everything. The score is composed by Atli Orvarsson.
Orvarsson is not known for his scores to animated film, in fact, I don’t know if he’s ever done one. Well he did the partly animated Stuart Little 3 back in the day, but it almost doesn’t qualify. It’s very exciting though because animation brings out something new in almost every composer. It’s a free space to have fun and create music that they normally can’t do. The score opens with ‘Meet Bilal’, a lovely opening theme. I like that Orvarsson has used the elements of the Middle East instead of going all American Hollywood. One thing that annoys me a bit though is that it doesn’t have a nice flow to it. It feels a bit “put together” in a static way. There are moments here though like the nice vocals and long string and horn sequences which makes me like it quite a bit. ‘City Of Makkah’ is more of the same, but with perhaps a little bit extra heroics turned up.
‘You Might Still Die’ is tuning this up for war and what attracts me to the score more than anything right now is the Middle Eastern sound to it. I’m still partly annoyed with the construction of the music at times. It feels like pieces put together wrong somehow instead of just letting the music flow and breathe. Maybe it’s just me? It could be just me, but I have to admit it’s an annoyance. It’s an otherwise very fine score, maybe not as adventurous as you would think, but lovely calm passages in cues like ‘A Noble Man’ which gives this score an extra “push”. Overall, a very good animation debut from Orvarsson.
1. Meet Bilal
3. You Might Still Die
4. A Noble Man