Soundtrack Review: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Soundtrack Review: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Snow White and the Huntsman by James Newton Howard.

“Snow White and the Huntsman is a dark, complex and delightful snack of scoring heaven.”

Snow White and the Huntsman tells the story about when the evil queen sent the Huntsman to kill Snow White, but he ends up being her greatest protector against evil. Directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Kirsten Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, this appear to be the best film based on the Snow White universe so far. Excitement is sky high and James Newton Howard is doing the score.

Track List

1. Snow White 100
2. I’ll Take Your Throne 80
3. Tower Prayers 80
4. Something for What Ails You 80
5. Escape From the Tower 100
6. You Failed Me Finn 100
7. White Horse 100
8. Journey to Fenland 80
9. Fenland in Flames 80
10. Sanctuary 100
11. White Hart 100
13. I Remember That Trick 80
14. Death Favors No Man 80
15. Warriors on the Beach 100
16. You Can Not Defeat Me 100
17. You Can’t Have My Heart 100
18. Coronation 100

I tried to avoid all the leaked samples and tracks from this score in recent weeks, I really did, but the task appeared to be impossible. I got a sneak peek of what was going to come soon and maybe it was the low quality samples, but I wasn’t too impressed. Perhaps I heard it out of context? Nevertheless, I refused to let my excitement be killed so I waited and now it’s here, James Newton Howard’s latest fantasy score.

The Hunger Games was very disappointing for me and I keep going back to the mesmerizing score “The Last Airbender” as a benchmark and a near perfect fantasy score from James. Luckily he has taken us there in large parts of the score, not that it sounds similar, but the feeling I get is quite similar. The themes are here, for example in the opening cue ‘Snow White’ where the main theme is heard in all it’s glory. Stunning stuff from James Newton Howard, but you know what? I got a flashback to the Narnia series, even though the theme isn’t a straight duplicate, but clearly inspired by it.

This score is filled with emotional cues like ‘You Failed Me Finn’ and ‘You Can’t Have My Heart’, but what really got me was how great the action cues sounded. ‘Escape From the Tower’ and ‘White Horse’ shows a new side from James, a darker and heavier side. Sure, he channels Zimmer a bit, but it feels like it has immense power on it’s own and this is something I feel Howard was lacking in his repertoire. Now that it’s here, what else is there? He can do anything!

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Conclusion

Snow White and the Huntsman is a dark, complex and delightful snack of scoring heaven. James get it right and there’s not a weak cue in sight. This is so good that my expectations for the film has risen to unimaginable heights and yes, it even beats Giacchino’s “John Carter” as the best score of the year so far for me.

GEEK SCORE: 91.7

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