Ripley’s Game Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Ripley’s Game by Ennio Morricone.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 92.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 29.1
Album Excellence: 62%
Ripley’s Game is a 2002 Italian-British-American thriller film directed by Liliana Cavani and starring John Malkovich, Dougray Scott & Lena Headey. It is based on the 1974 novel of the same name, the third book in Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripliad” series. Tom Ripley – cool, urbane, wealthy, and murderous – lives in a villa in the Veneto with Luisa, his harpsichord-playing girlfriend. A former business associate from Berlin’s underworld pays a call asking Ripley’s help in killing a rival. Ripley – ever a student of human nature – initiates a game to turn a mild and innocent local picture framer into a hit man. The artisan, Jonathan Trevanny, who’s dying of cancer, has a wife, young son, and little to leave them. The score is composed by Ennio Morricone.
Ah Ripley’s Game. I remember the movie, barely, but I didn’t know Ennio Morricone did the score. How come I haven’t heard it before? It has been released before but it has been recently released again by Kronos Records and I think it’s sadly sold out already. I don’t know if the score sounds any different than before (remastered), but at least I got a copy and now I will enjoy it. The score opens with ‘In Concerto’ and the harpsichord opening is surely an unique one. Luckily there’s more to it than that. Morricone’s underscore is coming in and as the harpsichord is very slowly fading away, the underscore becomes the key ingredient with lovely trumpets and a haunting bass line. It’s not beautiful, but it sort of is. I am certainly fascinated by this opening cue, and it gives me many thoughts. Where will it go from here? To ‘Il Cinismo Di Ripley’ we go and this is certainly more thriller than anything. I love the trumpet, it sounds a bit like classic crime scoring, but it’s more complex than that. Morricone creates a complex environment for it to thrive in. ‘Louise’ sets us firmly in classic thriller mode, but it’s classy thriller mode and not boring thriller mode as a lot of scores happens to be in.
This is going to be one of those really interesting scores I can feel it. It has so much to offer and I am like a slave to the music, just listening at the tip of my seat in excitement of what could happen next. The music is going in a direction I like. It’s turning more and more into a classic crime story filled with wonderful moods. The jazz moods are present, but not overbearingly so, just about the right amount. This is one of the most interesting scores I’ve heard this year and luckily it’s great music too, not just interesting. Hope this score doesn’t go into Ebay scalper mode with inflated prices because everyone should own a copy.
2. Il Cinismo Di Ripley
4. Primo Treno
5. Il Gioco Di Ripley
8. Collage Per Ripley
10. Un Regalo
13. Collage Per Ripley (2)