Tordenskjold & Kold Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Tordenskjold & Kold by Henrik Skram.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 70.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 2
Album Excellence: 4.4%
Tordenskjold & Kold AKA Satisfaction 1720 is a 2016 Scandinavian-Czech comedy drama film directed by Henrik Ruben Genz and starring Jakob Oftebro, David Dencik & Natalie Madueño. In this film we follow the only 29-year-old vice admiral Tordenskiold and his valet Cold. The year is 1720, the peace is signed, the war is over and the naval hero has no idea what he should do with his life. Cold persuades him to take the suitor journey to England, but the trip develops into an amusing and grotesque journey from Christianshavn, down through Denmark over the border and into the north German kingdoms. Tordenskiold is an atypical and cheeky period film and a portrait of a friendship between a master and his servant. The score is composed by Henrik Skram.
The score opens with the title cue ‘Tordenskjold & Kold’, a period piece for a period film. The hurried strings and the horn combine well together. The theme itself is a quirky one. I’m puzzled by a sort of synth piano in the underscore. That’s a strange one. The string and horn works well though, but nothing too spectacular as far as opening themes go. ‘Jacobsen’, the second cue is definitely more comedy than drama with light string plucks. Can’t say I’m connecting with it so far. The third cue is ‘Mabuse’ is even more comedic and contains even less substance than ‘Jacobsen’. I’m afraid this score is rubbing me the wrong way in the opening cues. That’s a shame, but now my expectations are lowered, so maybe I’m in for a positive surprise later on.
For a period film, the music is puzzling at times. Check out ‘At School’ which is best described as a modern youthful piece with some guitar as well. Strange, but the music isn’t terrible so I’m fine with that. I’m hoping that something great will come along. Any time now. Well the score doesn’t exactly take off, but there are some cues like the minimalistic ‘Apple Boats’ that rubs me the right way. It is a strange mix though I have to say, but it’s sort of fun going from one cue to the next having no idea what comes next. Sadly I have to say that this mix isn’t quite for me. It’s not terrible, but it’s nothing great either. I had hoped for some proper period music perhaps, but all this playing with genres like blues and rock’n’roll is just not what I wanted or expected. What do you think of the score?
5. Apple Boats