Soundtrack Review: In Dubious Battle

Soundtrack Review: In Dubious Battle

In Dubious Battle Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score In Dubious Battle by Hauschka.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 97.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 40.4
Album Excellence: 84.3

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In Dubious Battle is a 2016 American drama film directed by James Franco and starring Nat Wolff, James Franco & Vincent D’Onofrio. It is based on John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. In California apple country, 900 migratory workers rise up against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own, stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff), the strike is founded on his tragic idealism and the philosophy to never submit or yield. The score is composed by Hauschka.

Hauschka AKA Volker Bertelmann is an interesting composer and one that I wouldn’t normally associate with a movie such as this. It’s about rebellion and the human spirit for fight and change, and Hauschka usually delivers these really good ambient minimalistic scores and I think that this needs a little bit of heroics, but that makes this score even more interesting to listen to. The score opens with ‘One Dollar Address’ and it’s a perfect cue for Hauschka as he yet again delivers a strong minimalistic presence, lot of emotions. Those cellos literally rips through me. I feel hate and anger, and a bit of sadness. ‘Apples’ is more along the lines of what I would expect, with a bit of step in it, some heroism and a big piece of the human equation. Despite cues like that I have a feeling that I will enjoy cues like ‘One Dollar Address’ and ‘Punch Drunk’ more.

This is a score that spends a lot of time in the darkness and you can feel that it enjoys it there. Hauschka does a great job at drumming up emotions from a deeper darker place, while sometimes give us a glimpse of the happy life. I like to spend time in the darkness too, love it. The music is my friend in there and this is a pretty damn great score to bring with me. It’s almost never going for the jugular, just brings me to the edge without pushing me over. It’s close, and it’s the subtleness that kills it for me. This score brings me happiness, believe it or not. I was actually expecting it to be a bit more like ‘Apples’ with the up-tempo music, because look at that cover art and then watch the trailer. It seemed inevitable, but I’m so glad Hauschka didn’t go the way I thought, but instead brings me this dark wonderful score. If it’s the darkness you seek, you’ll enjoy it as well.

1. One Dollar Address
3. Punch Drunk
4. Bolton Orchards
5. Quarters
6. Doom And Gloom
7. Newborn
8. Falling Off Ladder Fistfight
9. Hold The Baby *
10. Old Man Shot
12. Simple Clean Life
13. Walk In The Dark
14. Flight Apple Orchard
16. Romantic
17. Driving Through The Blockade
18. Burning House
19. Introspective
20. A Thousand Men
21. Go Get Doc

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: In Dubious Battle, 6.5 out of 10 based on 4 ratings


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