Hanna Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the motion picture score Hanna by The Chemical Brothers.
“I’m sure a lot of die hard Chemical Brothers fans will love this”
I have to admit, everything about this movie screams weird to me. The trailers seems weird, the way they are made, the music, everything. A teenage girl living in the Finnish wilderness has been trained by her ex-CIA father to be the perfect assassin. She get sent on a mission to kill someone, but ultimately discover about herself and life. Troubled with her questions for humanity, new revelations appear to her. Then perhaps the strangest choice of all is The Chemical Brothers who I would think would be better suited for sci-fi or something that looks more modern. Nevertheless, you are in for a bumpy but strange ride.
|1. Hanna’s Theme||***|
|2. Escape 700||***|
|3. Chalice 1||*|
|4. The Devil is in the Details||**|
|5. Map Sounds / Chalice 2||**|
|6. The Forest||*|
|7. Quayside Synthesis||**|
|8. The Sandman||***|
|9. Marissa Flashback||***|
|10. Bahnhof Rumble||****|
|11. The Devil is in the Beats||****|
|12. Car Chase (Arp Worship)||****|
|13. Interrogation / Lonesome Subway / Grimm’s House||**|
|14. Hanna vs Marissa||***|
|15. Sun Collapse||**|
|16. Special Ops||***|
|17. Escape Wavefold||***|
|18. Isolated Howl||*|
|19. Container Park||****|
|20. Hanna’s Theme (Vocal Version)||****|
The Chemical Brothers are legends in the music industry and rightly so. They have had some awesome tracks over the year. ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ come to mind. BT, Oakenfold, Trent Reznor, Daft Punk and others from the mainstream music industry have gotten into scoring for film, mostly with a degree of success. The question I always have with this is how much of their music will they bring into the film world and will it be appropriate for the movie?
Watching the trailer of Hanna, I can see it could have gone about a thousand other ways, but the music used fit what The Chemical Brothers have put into the score.
‘Hanna’s Theme’ is a very gentle and light cue based on vocals and some electronic beats. The rhythm and melody is interesting, but just as you hope if would take of, it doesn’t quite do that. It stays on the same path throughout the cue. The same can be said for ‘Escape 700’. The last cue ‘Hanna’s Theme (Vocal Version) does it a little bit better.
Then there are the blips and blops of cues like ‘Chalice 1’, ‘Map Sounds / Chalice 2’ and ‘The Forest’. I don’t know what they do on the score as they do nothing else except annoy me. Luckily they are very short, but I wonder what the people putting this score together must have been thinking. And what the hell is ‘Isolated Howl’ about?
There are some times I hear the old Chemical Brothers. In the last half of ‘Bahnhof Rumble’ there are some really good beats worthy of further exploration. Also in ‘The Devil is in the Beats’ there are some further music to be happy about. Happiness doesn’t last, even though ‘Car Chase (Arp Worship)’ has some good moments.
Although this wasn’t my cup of tea exactly, I’m sure a lot of die hard Chemical Brothers fans will love this. I would call myself a casual fan of The Chemical Brothers and I have a few of their albums, but I didn’t hear the old Chemical Brothers that I love, but rather them trying to make something for this movie that didn’t quite work for me. As an experiment, it is an interesting one, but as a film score I have to give a thumbs down. They should take lessons from Daft Punk on how to make something spectacular. I rather wish they made a soundtrack with vocals and great beats like ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ than this. Hopefully next time they will.
CUE RATING: 54