The Girl With All The Gifts Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Girl With All The Gifts by Cristobal Tapia De Veer.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 86.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 26
Album Excellence: 35.7%
The Girl With All The Gifts is a 2016 British post-apocalyptic zombie horror film directed by Colm McCarthy and starring Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close & Dominique Tipper. In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating ‘hungries’. Humankind’s only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel. The children go to school at an army base in rural Britain, where they’re subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close). School teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua), thus forming a special bond. But when the base is invaded, the trio escape with the assistance of Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is. The score is composed by Cristobal Tapia De Veer.
There are strange things and there are stranger things, literally, and I usually find the music created by Cristobal Tapia De Veer to be way over on the stranger things side. It certainly works though. For Utopia, I thought the score was right where it should be when I saw the show, but on album, the weird factor got to me and I ended up not liking it. Humans wasn’t as weird as Utopia, but there was something in the music I couldn’t come to terms with. I think this is the first film score I’ve hear from De Veer and I’m deathly curious despite my reservations. The score opens and ends with remixes of ‘Gifted’. First up is ‘Gifted (Pimped Mix)’ and the weird factor is certainly up there with the best of them. The melody is a mix of strong humming, singing and ambiance. Despite it’s weirdness, it’s sort of soothing. The final cue on this score is ‘Gifted (Hungry Kids Remix)’ which is quite different. It’s a more “radio friendly” piece with some easily digestible rhythms and the humming/singing doesn’t drown the cue. It’s still a bit on the strange side though.
Gifted aside, that’s not essentially how the score actually is. As with most De Veer scores, it has a bit of everything, and some cues really speak to me like the minimalistic mood cues ‘Pandora’ and ‘My Special Girl’. It’s kind of what I expected, but I think this score has more “meat” on it’s bones compared to what I’ve heard from De Veer before. There’s substance here and a lot of it. There’s naturally extremely few hints of a lyrical side here, but the mood De Veer creates is something I can get invested in. I am buying whatever De Veer is selling. There’s a guttural raw voice screaming out to me in this score, and I’m enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I think I finally come around to De Veer. They do say fourth time’s the charm. If you like dark bleak moody ambient scores, you might find yourself in need for this one so give it a try.
4. My Special Girl
7. Ride To The Lab
13. They Eat Their Way Out
16. Beneath The Remains
19. Rat Girl
22. Run To The Hills