Fences Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Fences by Marcelo Zarvos.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 64.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
Fences is a 2016 American drama film directed by Denzel Washington and starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis & Stephen Henderson. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name by August Wilson. Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter. The score is composed by Marcelo Zarvos.
Powerful family drama and possibly Oscar bait from Denzel Washington, already having a couple of Golden Globes nominations it seems to be ripe for that. The score opens with ‘Gabriel’s Trumpet’ a slow opening piece with a decent range of emotion. It’s minimalistic and simple, only using piano and strings. Easy and slow, but I like it. It’s light, just like ‘Coty’s Theme’. There’s not a whole lot of drama just yet, just simple themes on piano. I don’t feel it quite yet, but hopefully it will come. ‘You Got The Devil In You’ is far more dramatic, but it’s so low key that I feel it doesn’t come out right. Maybe in context it makes more sense, but I can’t imagine how it will be. It’s a bit subdued this score, like it’s holding back.
I understand that it can be a low key slow burning drama, but the music says to me that even though there is drama, the moments where it’s happening is musically not in key with what I think (or hope) that it is. I am not happy with how this score turned out to be. It’s a boring listen for me personally, and I just want something more to be happening. Even minimalistic scores with more simplicity than this one has something that evokes emotions and this score seems to not register at all for me in similar terms. I struggled to finish this score. On album it doesn’t say much or do much. I have to watch the movie and hear it in context to make sense of it and get some kind of emotional response because this is something I can’t possibly imagine to return to in the future. I don’t think it will grow on me either and even if I do watch the movie, I find it hard to believe I would seek out the score again. What do you think of the score?