The Book Of Henry Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Book Of Henry by Michael Giacchino.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 84
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 5.7
Album Excellence: 12.2%
The Book Of Henry is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher & Jacob Tremblay. Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila. Her younger son Peter is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry, age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina, has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it. The score is composed by Michael Giacchino.
This is one of those rare forgotten scores Giacchino did. I think mostly because not a lot of people saw the movie, and it’s not high profile enough. Small and low profile doesn’t mean bad though and maybe a project like this will be good for Giacchino (and for us). In a ballsy move, the score opens with ‘Overture’ and whenever I hear that word, my expectations rise to an unrealistic level. I’m thinking though that overture might be used differently in a movie like this. What it is though is a piano concerto with some extra bits. It’s good and interesting, but it’s not really that great. I have a feeling this will not be what I expected. What did I expect? I’m not entirely sure, but this is something else.
As usual, Giacchino isn’t skimping on the orchestral music and he uses it well. I would argue that this is not about the big orchestra though. The score has sometimes a folksy feel to it with guitar and percussion. Cues like ‘Cheering Up The Mountain’ is an example of that folksy feel I’m talking about. There’s a number of cues making good on that thriller label though, but I feel the darker side of this score is not really impressing either. There are moments though, inside certain cues that’s intriguing and fascinating and I am never bored listening to the score. It’s just that I can’t really get to that important point where I’m loving it. What do you think of the score?
9. A Tender House Call
12. Target Practice
19. Into The Fire
20. Closing The Book On Henry