Everest Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Everest by Dario Marianelli
At a glance:
Geek Score: 90
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 26.05
Album Excellence: 53.16%
Everest is a 2015 New Zealand-American drama film directed by Baltasar Kormakur and starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Michael Kelly. It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin) from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds. The score is composed by Dario Marianelli.
I bet quite a few have been looking forward to this score. Marianelli is a commodity that’s not very common these days and so it’s welcome to have another score by him. The score opens with ‘The Call’, and it’s a lovely soundscape. There is the feeling of wind and isolation with the string instruments and the wind sound effects in the cue. The percussion is indie, off-beat, but really nice. There’s a woman’s humming voice that sings with the main melody. The theme? Yes, it’s nice and kind of creepy. It has a vibe of caution, and knowing the story doesn’t end well for a lot of these people, it’s an understandable feeling. Marianelli goes straight for an emotional high with beautiful and serene piano and ambient cue ‘Setting Off From Kathmandu’. It’s a cue of hope and it’s really exciting and beautiful. Love the buildup and the percussion in the end. ‘First Trek Base Camp’ gives off a strong adventure vibe. People on the frontier doing amazing things. It does sound a bit “cheap” compared to the first two cues, but that’s fine. It’s a decent start to the score and I’m excited for the rest. Marianelli is featuring the sounds of Nepal when they arrive at the temple which is a nice authentic touch. There are throat singers as well, so it’s obvious that the director and composer wanted the score to have an authentic feel even though the score isn’t as a whole.
I have to commend Marianelli for the use of percussion. It is a strong presence in this score and it really shines. I always feel that percussion is under used, particularly in modern film music, but Marianelli shows how it should be done. ‘A Close Shave’ is a great example of that where Marianelli goes from a more traditional stick drum sequence to a more electronic experimental affair. It’s very exciting to listen to. I love the little “pulse” drum he uses. It sure gets my pulse going. This score kept me entertained right until the end with ‘Epilogue’ a “different” kind of cue, very minimalistic, a time to reflect back at what has happened. This score featured a good theme, great percussion and kept it entertaining throughout the whole score.
1. The Call
2. Setting Off From Kathmandu *
6. A Close Shave
7. Starting The Ascent
9. Someone Loves Us
14. Beck Gets Up