Victor Frankenstein Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Victor Frankenstein by Craig Armstrong.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 86.9
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 32.4
Album Excellence: 47.6%
Victor Frankenstein is a 2015 American horror film directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy and Jessica Brown Findlay. It is based on the 1818 novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. The score is composed by Craig Armstrong.
The Frankenstein saga has given us plenty of great film music like Bride Of Frankenstein, House Of Frankenstein and Frankenstein Unbound, but my favorite has to be Patrick Doyle’s Frankenstein from 1994. Armstrong’s version will be very interesting to hear. I’m loving it that we get two releases from him in one year, the first being the excellent Far From The Madding Crowd and now this, two very famous stories, composed by one of the best. The score opens with ‘The Circus’, a more modern take on this than I thought. The music is a mix of synths and orchestral music while being quite soothing and minimalistic. There’s a theme here as well, but it’s barely noticeable. What is noticeable is the mood, the textures and overall feeling of it. I am loving it. It’s quite personal and quite positive as well. When ‘Victor Arrives’ he does so in powerful fashion with pace and bravure as evident in this short 45 second cue. Not the best of cues, but it does fit the premise
It’s interesting to follow the “story” in the music. It opened with minimalism, very soothing, nothing too fancy, but quickly goes into a more orchestral action mode in the cues that following climaxing with ‘Escape’. Action music isn’t really Armstrong’s strength though, at least not to me. The exception has to be the first half of ‘Basement Raid’ which is quite epic using powerful choirs and percussion. I much prefer the lyrical, more minimalist Armstrong with cues like ‘Never Been Out’. How does the score progress? Well it’s gothic as expected, but it’s a bit comedic as well, or is it just my feeling? It feels like it’s in between a dark and a light place, and it falls a bit short. There are also very few themes and certainly not that many to remember. The exception might be the theme to Dark Red which has 3 versions. I enjoyed all of those very much. There’s also ‘Turpin’s Theme’ which I enjoyed. I was expecting a bit more than what I was given, but it’s a solid score, just not up there with the best.
1. The Circus
5. Never Been Out
11. Dark Red Theme 3
14. Dark Red Theme 2
15. Body Parts
19. Gordon’s Escape
25. Prometheus Ascending
26. Turpin’s Theme
28. Finale (Victor Frankenstein)
29. Dark Red Theme 1