Soundtrack Review: The Breadwinner

Soundtrack Review: The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Breadwinner by Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 95.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 40.9
Album Excellence: 85.2%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

The Breadwinner us a 2017 Canadian-Irish-Luxembourgian adult animated drama film directed by Nora Twomey and starring Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq & Shaista Latif. It is based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis. From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel. Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom-and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times. The score is composed by Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna.

The Danna’s has been ridiculously productive recently with a bunch of scores arriving and who doesn’t love that? More Danna scores! This is heavy stuff though, for an animated film. Then again, who says animation can’t be used to deal with the realities of life in a realistic way? I already hear Oscar buzz here, but so far all that’s known is that it’s in the pool of a number of animated movies being considered. I expect exciting things from the score though and the Danna’s usually don’t disappoint. The score opens with ‘The Land Of The Noble’ and it’s clear that the music is inspired by the Middle East and so it should. That’s what going to set this score apart from most scores released this year.

I love it when the scores have a personality that I can hear and feel. It’s an instant gratification and even if I don’t like what’s being served to me, I can’t help but be impressed. With this score, I get both the uniqueness of hearing a Middle Eastern inspired score and melodies and ideas that excites me. This story can be a dark one and there are some cues which makes me feel anxious for Parvana like ‘Photographs Are Forbidden’ and ‘Take Me Home’. I think what the Danna’s has done is definitely something that should be considered for the upcoming award season. It’s scores like this which isn’t afraid to stick out and with a big personality to boost that is going to be considered. Of course a lot of it depends on whether the movie is a success and whether it can be nominated itself. What this is though is a fascinating score and very entertaining as well as it traverses between dark and light into the world of Parvana.

1. The Land Of The Noble
2. Too Old For Stories
3. Photographs Are Forbidden
4. Take Me Home
5. The Elephant King
6. Food Makes Things Better
7. Parvana Cuts Her Hair
9. Who Is Hungry?
11. Suleyman Defies The Elephant King
14. The Tank Graveyard
17. Pursuit In The Desert
18. Suleyman’s Horse
19. Goodbye Shauzia
20. Let Parvana Go
21. The Prison
22. Raise Your Words

GD Star Rating


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