Soundtrack Review: Hidden Figures

Soundtrack Review: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Hidden Figures by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams & Benjamin Wallfisch.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 90.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 27.2
Album Excellence: 54.4%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe. It is based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. The score is composed by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams & Benjamin Wallfisch.

As with most Hans Zimmer productions, there are many composers involved, but in this one three composers get credit. Wallfisch should be known to score fans while Pharrell Williams is the most famous name when it comes to mainstream music. He has been collaborating with Zimmer for a while and I enjoyed their work before on soundtracks like Madagascar. Sources tell me it’s mostly Pharrell Williams, but that hasn’t been confirmed. The score opens with ‘Katherine’ a very sweet piano theme, a hummable and nice theme. This definitely sounds like something Williams would do. Love it. ‘Mission Control’ sounds more like a modern film music composer with some elctronics and dark drama. Interesting so far and I am in a very good mood and hope the rest will be just as good.

If this is a Pharrell Williams project as rumored, I can definitely buy into that. This is a score that use a lot of piano and the music is very lyrical and light for the most part. Themes weave into one another and it’s a very lovely listening experience. The music is minimalistic, not very complex at all and I think it suits the project just fine. There’s a few times I think other composer might be involved such as Thomas Newman as it has his style as well in certain cues like ‘Slice Of Pie’, but I know that’s not true so I’ll let it be. I can feel Zimmer and Wallfisch in parts such as ‘Katherine Calculates’ and ‘Lift Off’, but I definitely think this is a Pharrell Williams score overall. What Pharrell brings to this score is the use of vocals in a very easy-on-the-ear kind of way. In several cues there’s subtle but powerful humming and singing which adds to the power of the score. I love that. This score is really good, but it’s largely going to be forgotten. It doesn’t have that kind of quality to really grab you and give you a reason or two to listen to it again for some reason unless you connect it to the movie and it’s emotions. Either way, it’s a very good score worthy of at least a listen or two.

1. Katherine
3. I’d Already Be One
4. Space Task Group
7. With All The Angels
10. Launch
12. Sign
13. Kitchen Kiss
14. Mary And The Judge
17. Mary and Levi
19. Proposal
20. Katherine Calculates
22. Lift Off
25. Hidden Figures
26. Epilogue

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Hidden Figures, 7.3 out of 10 based on 6 ratings


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