Rebel In The Rye Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Rebel In The Rye by Bear McCreary.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 97.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 43.1
Album Excellence: 84.5%
Rebel In The Rye is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Danny Strong and starring Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult & Kevin Spacey. It is based on the book J.D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski. This biopic of legendary author J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) details his relationship with socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch), his experiences fighting in World War II, and his writing process for The Catcher in the Rye. Kevin Spacey and Sarah Paulson co-star. Written and directed by Danny Strong, Rebel in the Rye made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The score is composed by Bear McCreary.
The Catcher In The Rye was mandatory reading when I was in school, but that’s probably the only exposure I ever got to J.D. Salinger. I don’t know much about the man himself, but this movie seems like a perfect opportunity to get to know him. I find it fascinating that Bear McCreary is scoring this one, and I think it’s a very smart thing to do. Whenever I think of McCreary I think of science fiction, action or horror, but usually not biographical dramas. I’ve heard some very good things about this score so I’m excited. The score opens with ‘Innocence (Theme From Rebel In The Rye)’ a beautiful and catchy theme played on piano, but just you wait until around 30 seconds in when McCreary has his John Williams moment. Yep, I said it. And man does McCreary bring the flair and emotions to life. The theme sounds very familiar though. Could it be based on some traditional work? Whatever it is, it sounds absolutely lovely. The music is just playful, enchanting and organic, and the quality is top notch.
Well this is certainly something different from McCreary, but to be fair, you can hear his lovely orchestral touch in scores such as Outlander. He’s always had it in him, and it’s a perfect time to truly show the world what he can do. This might as well rank as one of his best ever scores. Not only is it a magically lyrical orchestral gem from McCreary, but it also has a great big band jazz cue in ‘Giving The Time’ and a smashing collaboration with Jeffrey Hoeppner in ‘Sowing Your Wild Oats’. What a great idea using typewriter sounds as percussion in ‘Typewriter Drums’. Works great with jazz. And when McCreary puts on his jazz boots on with the smooth ‘Oonlight Serenade’ it’s pretty great. Why Oonlight and not Moonlight though? Misprint? At least that was the cue name on the official promo I got. A name doesn’t matter as much, because it’s all about the music and this gorgeous mix of great emotional orchestral music and lovely jazz will make your day seem a lot better.
1. Innocence (Theme From Rebel In The Rye)
2. Early Writing
3. Giving The Time
4. Sowing Your Wild Oats
5. A True Writer
6. Oonlight Serenade
7. Impending War
8. Celebration At The Stork Club
9. Typewriter Drums
10. Simply Grand
11. Inspiration At War
12. Wartime Anxiety
14. Writing Catcher
17. A Request From Whit
18. He Was Writing
19. Rebel In The Rye End Credits