The Italian Job Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Italian Job by John Powell.
At a glance:
42 minutes of score
Geek Score: 70.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
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The 2003 action movie The Italian Job is next up in Composer Of The Month. Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Mark Wahlberg, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton and Jason Statham this is a remake of the classic 1969 movie with the same name. After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally. The composer is John Powell. The ‘Opening Titles’ is interesting. At first it’s barely percussion that makes the melody, then a bass and a guitar and some finger snaps. The melody is quick, very sparse. I wonder if this is any indication of what the rest of the score sounds like.
The rest of the score is sort of familiar, but it does have a slightly different sound. The music is still sparse, but there’s some 70s inspired music, perhaps to have fun with the original movie. I think the spares instrumentation is killing the momentum a bit. It’s like it’s afraid of going loud. I’m not talking “braaaaaam” horn of doom kind of loud, just give me something more than what’s currently there.
The Italian Job is exciting at times, but there’s not a big cause for celebration. It can never hold the excitement for very long and most of the cues merely function as a backdrop for the movie.