Stonewall Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Stonewall by Rob Simonsen.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 91.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 7.4
Album Excellence: 43.8%
Stonewall is a 2015 American drama film directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp and Joey King. The drama is a coming-of-age genre film, and centers on fictional Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine), a young gay white man from Indiana, who flees the conservative countryside in the late 1960s and moves to New York City. Before leaving, he comes out to his parents, who are horrified. He leaves behind his younger sister. After reaching Greenwich Village, he is befriended by a multiracial group of young, gay and genderfluid street kids and drag queens. He meets older men Trevor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who soon becomes his lover and roommate, and Ed Murphy (Ron Perlman), the manager of the Mafia-owned Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Village. Ed colludes with corrupt policemen and exploits homeless gay youth to his own advantage. Danny gradually learns about gay culture from his new friends. The score is composed by Rob Simonsen.
Emmerich and Simonsen? Consider me intrigued. It’s a coming-of-age film set during the Stonewall riots in New York. Should be plenty of drama here and I’m confident Simonsen is up to the task. The score opens with the longest cue of them all, ‘Danny’ and it’s setting the mood nicely with a nice little guitar motif. The underscore is interesting as it is “nervous noise”, but it’s noticeable, even when the guitar music is on top, but it fades in the background eventually. The motif really takes off when the piano comes in. It’s sweet, sort of “waiting”. I don’t feel this is necessarily a memorable theme, but it surely is nice. ‘Ray’ appeals more to me. The percussion beat is a nice pop inspired one and the melody is catchy and I just let the ostinato do it’s job and enjoy this music.
Simonsen’s style is so easy to like for me. There’s just something about his music that “clicks” with me right away. His music is very emotional and I like that. The music can be subtle, and mostly minimalistic, very sparse in use of instruments or even tone sometimes, but like ‘A Packed Suitcase’ proves, that’s sometimes all it takes. It’s the sweetness and warmth that fills these tones Simonsen is producing which is the key. It unlocks me right away and I am never bored, not for a second. I just let this music roll over me and I couldn’t be happier. It is another very nice score by Simonsen, and I wasn’t expecting anything less.
8. A Packed Suitcase
12. Unfinished Business