The Dark Tower Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Dark Tower by Tom Holkenborg.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 88.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 30.8
Album Excellence: 46%
The Dark Tower is a 2017 American fantasy film directed by Nikolaj Arcel and starring Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey & Idris Elba. The film is based on Stephen King’s novel series of the same name. Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil. The score is composed by Tom Holkenborg.
It’s been a while since a Stephen King adaptation has hit the big screen in a blockbuster kind of way. IT is coming as well, and soon, but this is definitely, probably, maybe going to be a bigger hit. It will be interesting to hear what Holkenborg has created as this movie promises a mix of various genres. The score opens with the title cue ‘The Dark Tower’ and it’s ominous and mysterious. I love it when Holkenborg uses the classic Zimmer trick of building up, building down, and then up again. It’s epic, but at the same time, it’s very low key for what we usually hear from Holkenborg. The mood he creates is a nice one, but I feel that it’s just not as exciting as when he uses his old bag of tricks and goes for the music he’s know for doing, particularly with Zimmer.
The score is strangely generic I feel, generic, but good for the most part. I’m not sure what I expected, but maybe a bit of music that fuels the imagination more than this does. Holkenborg excels when he pushes it a bit like with the epic ‘Guardian’ or the more lyrical ‘Arrival In Mid-World’. I have to tell you it’s mostly a joy to listen to this score. True, it doesn’t exceeds my expectations in any way, but I am digging the mood, the textures which Tom provides in various forms. It’s nothing very new for Tom as he has done similar things before. You can hear a lot of both Tom and Zimmer in here, and that may be a good or a bad thing for you. I certainly enjoy it, your mileage may vary. I’m not going to praise it too much though because it’s far behind what I would expect from Holkenborg, but if you tone down your expectations a bit, there’s a lot to enjoy as well, particularly the main title which they left for the end.
1. The Dark Tower
8. Arrival In Mid-World
14. Manny Village
15. See Across Worlds
17. A Chicken, A Goat and One Bullet
18. Keystone Earth
21. The Creed
24. Tall, Dark and Handsome
26. It Will Fall
27. Collateral Damage
28. Hot Dogs
29. Roland Of Eld (Main Titles) *