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 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 3:23 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

What can I say...this is a magnificent score. I've been playing this non stop since tuesday and it just keeps getting better. I think it has at least four (!) themes and Desplat varies them beautifully. Contrary to 'Jack Ryan', one HEARS the LSO and the score just puts you in a good mood. A serious contender for best score of the year and there's a lot more Desplat to come.
4,5/5



Wow what a refreshing good old orchestral score this is- the way we used to get back in the 80's and 90's. If this can re-trend the current scoring methods and away from the wham bam of synthesizer BS we get in most scores. Id be more than pleased.

Movies were the ultimate get away for us and unfortunately nowadays the whole experience is centerfuging to adapt an approach that is almost too literal and less removed from todays reality thus robbing us of that opportunity. Dramatic story telling has become as ugly as the harsh reality we see today. I still need to escape from that in my world of 'cinema'

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 8:44 PM   
 By:   yonythemoony   (Member)

Given the reviews of both the film and the score in it, looks like it won't be like this. And in both the 80's and the 90's there was already electronic scores because in that time, film music has been expanded to be much more than orchestral scores. And it will keep being like that.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 10:37 PM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Finally, it´s there for me.

Just breathtakingly beautiful. Pure nostalgia for me, a score that I completely love after my first listening.

And, really, although there is no right or wrong when judging art - that particular reviewer was wrong, this score is understated, not overdoing anything.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 12:04 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I can't stop playing that 10 minute suite. It's the best new film music I've heard in ages.
I'd gone a bit cool on Desplat after his tepid Harry Potter scores but this score seems to be
the wake-up call I needed from him.


Saw the film yesterday and found the film to be uneven, with a really nice scene with Bill Murray and Bob Balaban. I think the score is a fine one and don't get the criticism.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   yonythemoony   (Member)

Saw the film yesterday, and especially enjoyed it. It was something refreshing from your typical WW2 film. Desplat's score fitted pretty well. It wasn't over the top or minimalistic. Loved the fact that he didn't pulled a Howard Shore and actually scored his cameo.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

My review of THE MONUMENTS MEN, for anyone who is interested:

http://moviemusicuk.us/2014/02/14/the-monuments-men-alexandre-desplat/

Jon

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

My review of THE MONUMENTS MEN, for anyone who is interested:

http://moviemusicuk.us/2014/02/14/the-monuments-men-alexandre-desplat/

Jon


A great read!

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Fantastic review indeed.

Although I cannot understand at all why some younger listeners could not tolerate a splendid main theme such as Desplat´s.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 11:11 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I was hoping for more, really. The film seemed flat and directionless, failing to create tension or capture my interest in the characters. It wasted the talents especially of Bill Murray and John Goodman, who scarcely cracked a facial expression between them through the entire film. The script was completely predictable and cliché-ridden, from its Dirty Dozen style recruitment sequence at the beginning to the obligatory (though contrived) bumping off of a couple of the less-essential team members and more (don't want to get into spoilers). I wanted to care about the characters, really, but there was just nothing to grab hold of. The pace of the film was oddly lazy, and I never felt as though they might actually be in any danger of not completing their mission. I wouldn't call it a bad film, but it was a disappointment, as I was all primed for a rousing, suspenseful, entertaining and off-beat afternoon at the cinema. Desplat played along gamely with Clooney's intentions and did a decent job of it with a workmanlike orchestral score that seemed just okay to me. Desplat is a favorite of mine among the current crop of composers, but I doubt that I'll be buying this one.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 11:41 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)


Wow what a refreshing good old orchestral score this is- the way we used to get back in the 80's and 90's. If this can re-trend the current scoring methods and away from the wham bam of synthesizer BS we get in most scores. Id be more than pleased.

Movies were the ultimate get away for us and unfortunately nowadays the whole experience is centerfuging to adapt an approach that is almost too literal and less removed from todays reality thus robbing us of that opportunity. Dramatic story telling has become as ugly as the harsh reality we see today. I still need to escape from that in my world of 'cinema'


For that to happen more films need to give the music room, which rarely happens these days. Most modern audiences don't have patience for scenes where music takes the forefront if it isn't a big pop or rock song. I'd love for this to all of a sudden change how things are done but I just don't see it. I watch something like True Detective and notice how generic the music is. Most people just don't notice it at all. Same thing with House of Cards. I notice the music is not really anything special but I almost forget that once I get engrossed in the show itself.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 12:41 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

Desplat played along gamely with Clooney's intentions and did a decent job of it with a workmanlike orchestral score that seemed just okay to me. Desplat is a favorite of mine among the current crop of composers, but I doubt that I'll be buying this one.

A short-sighted reaction, I fear. There is so much depth and intricate theme-weaving in this score, that to dismiss it as nothing more than "okay" after only hearing it in the film is to miss out on something special.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Desplat played along gamely with Clooney's intentions and did a decent job of it with a workmanlike orchestral score that seemed just okay to me. Desplat is a favorite of mine among the current crop of composers, but I doubt that I'll be buying this one.

A short-sighted reaction, I fear. There is so much depth and intricate theme-weaving in this score, that to dismiss it as nothing more than "okay" after only hearing it in the film is to miss out on something special.


Agreed. The abundance of themes alone should qualify as a must buy.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 8:54 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

"And if you want to see the real star of "Monuments Men," just look for a French guy named "Emile." He's played by composer Desplat."

Oh wow, okay. I just saw MM tonight, and had wondered who that actor was who looked so amazingly like Desplat.

Wonderful old-school score, with clever variations of the themes. The film itself is fine - I give it a three out of five and plan to watch it again on DVD - a handsome production, great cast of some favorite actors of mine, but a tad lacking in intensity and relying somewhat on formula. I certainly appreciated the movie's respect for the importance of culture and faith. Desplat's music helps very much in giving MM both emotional weight and a feeling of gusto.

And it's been a while since a a new film's main theme keeps playing in my head well after the viewing!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Here I Am !!!!!!!! wink

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

The movie opens in France in a week but i've been enjoying this exciting score for a few weeks now : i agree with the jaunty Bernstein approach. And that wink to another giant -- track 11 at 02'02' till the end -- is pure bliss.

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   Tom Guernsey   (Member)

"And if you want to see the real star of "Monuments Men," just look for a French guy named "Emile." He's played by composer Desplat."

Oh wow, okay. I just saw MM tonight, and had wondered who that actor was who looked so amazingly like Desplat.

Wonderful old-school score, with clever variations of the themes. The film itself is fine - I give it a three out of five and plan to watch it again on DVD - a handsome production, great cast of some favorite actors of mine, but a tad lacking in intensity and relying somewhat on formula. I certainly appreciated the movie's respect for the importance of culture and faith. Desplat's music helps very much in giving MM both emotional weight and a feeling of gusto.

And it's been a while since a a new film's main theme keeps playing in my head well after the viewing!


That was exactly my reaction, "wow, a theme I remember after only a few tracks" - that almost never happens any more. Absolutely terrific. During my second listen I thought a couple of bits sounded like JW's 1941, which is no bad thing in my book.

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2014 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Review from everyone's favorite film score reviewer James Southall:

http://www.movie-wave.net/the-monuments-men/

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

My CD finally arrived and BY JOVE it's a corker!
I didn't think I'd hear another Hollywood score like this, in these drony, programmed days.
Hat's off to Mr Desplat for a rip-roaring, old school war score.
If only George Clooney had directed the last two Harry Potter scores! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2014 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

I finally saw this film and I thought it was a bit of a snooze, but the score was really great. It was like John Williams of 20-30 years ago had been resurrected.

And I swore I saw Desplat in the film too... and yup, it was him! Apparently I missed the thread on that.

 
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