The Theory Of Everything Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Theory Of Everything by Johann Johannsson.
At a glance:
49 minutes of score
Geek Score: 81.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 9.28
Album Excellence: 19%
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In Oxford, 1942, a brilliant man was born. Stephen Hawking was his name and he changed the world forever with his theory of everything. The Theory Of Everything take a look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. The movie is directed by James Marsh and starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Tom Prior. It’s supposedly an emotional and inspirational ride so it needs music to match. The composer is Johann Johannsson.
I had heard some good things about the score so I was curious. I was sceptical to say the least. Johann Johannsson who composed The Prisoner and McCanick, scores devoid of emotion and life, was going to create an inspirational masterpiece for a love story with Stephen Hawking as the main subject. Nonsense! That’s the thing though with real artists. They change and evolve and they make something to fit the project. This is particularly true for film scomposers who never know what the next job will be. They don’t have the luxury of making the same music over and over again like the pop stars of today.
The Theory Of Everything is no masterpiece musically, but it is very different from McCanick and The Prisoner. The music is uplifting and mostly use strings and piano. The melodies are sweet and short. I was wondering where the inspiration would kick in. The sort of cues I would put on to inspire myself. If the score was put together chronologically, it would surely be closer to the end where we learn that we can embrace life, even in hardship. The inspiration part is a bit lacking, but ‘The Theory Of Everything’ is pretty good.
Ah, but what about the romance, the other big thing this movie has to offer. It’s represented in ‘Viva Voce’ and ‘The Wedding’. It might not be an epic romance based on the music, but it’s sweet enough.
The Theory Of Everything might not prove anything except what we all know. Composers are amazing artists who can change their style of music on a whim. This would be like Kanye West making a country & classical album for children, yeah, not going to happen. This isn’t the greatest score ever, or even among the best scores of 2014, but it is a nice score and please go see the movie. You might learn something
1. Cambridge, 1963
7. A Game Of Croquet
9. Viva Voce
15. Forces Of Attraction
24. The Theory Of Everything