Soundtrack Review: Churchill

Soundtrack Review: Churchill

Churchill Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Churchill by Lorne Balfe.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 94.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 37.1
Album Excellence: 75.8%

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Churchill is a 2017 British historical war drama film directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and starring Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson & John Slattery. Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (Julian Wadham), the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson). With her strength and shrewdness, "Clemmie" halts Winston’s physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness. The score is composed by Lorne Balfe.

With this film and Darkest Hour, there’s enough Churchill to go around. There’s also The Crown season 2 coming up but I’m not sure Churchill will pop up there as well. Churchill is one of the most interesting characters of the British war years and also one of the most controversial figures. I’m excited to hear Lorne Balfe’s version of Churchill. I’ve heard Marianelli’s Darkest Hour and it was good but could have been better. Somehow I think Balfe might give Churchill the score he needs. The score opens very dramatically with ‘The Beach’, and I assume it’s the classic Normandy scene and this music makes me think of soldiers running up that beach in slow motion getting their limbs blown off. Balfe has a real knack for drama and this is no exception.

As more is revealed of the score, I appreciate the drama, but I also expected more moving themes and emotions. That’s what I’ve come to expect from Balfe in recent years, but this is not such a score. It does have heart though, in more places than one. Cues like ‘Back To London’ and ‘Meeting With The King’ turns up the emotions quite a bit and this score needs it. That is the defining factor for me and what makes this score a little bit better than Marianelli’s Darkest Hours, not that I’m comparing (although I actually am). Still, Balfe fans will get what they want out of this one even though it’s lacking a bit in the theme department.

1. The Beach
2. Meeting With Month
5. Back To London
6. Journey To The Camp
7. Meeting With The King
8. Let It Rain
11. A Cottage By The Sea
12. The Speech
13. Recovery
14. Purpose

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Churchill, 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings


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