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 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Interesting new assignment:
http://filmmusicreporter.com/2018/08/23/hildur-gudnadottir-to-score-todd-phillips-joker-origin-movie/


I'm not familiar with anything she's done.

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Huh. So DC apparently isn't allergic to female film composers after all...

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

So, no standard hat pick of five composers, no "hot" composer ... could she have ben picked on her talents? Going with somebody the director thought was right for the job? Did something magical just happen???

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, she did SICARIO 2, which was her international breakthrough. She's a longtime friend and collaborator of the late Johann Johannsson, and tremendously talented.

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

So, no standard hat pick of five composers, no "hot" composer ...

She does indeed seem like an up-and-comer with Sicario 2, just on the face of it, IMO...

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I can dig it. I wonder what direction Guðnadóttir's going to go with it.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

This is fantastic news. Hildur is great- her work with my beloved Johann Johannsson- esp- Mary Magdalene and her awesome score for Sicario 2!!

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Huh. So DC apparently isn't allergic to female film composers after all...

Why would they be? And can you imagine if they were!

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Why would they be? And can you imagine if they were!

I was informed today that Hans Zimmer had in fact actively campaigned for there to be a female film composer on the original Wonder Woman, but it was shot down by executives. It's interesting that he took the Wonder Woman 2 job offer and then DC turns around and hires a female composer for the Joker movie. Kind of a nice surprise ending to the past couple days...

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I was informed today that Hans Zimmer had in fact actively campaigned for there to be a female film composer on the original Wonder Woman, but it was shot down by executives.

Ah. I see. But (as you know), hiring "a female composer" is different from hiring "a specific female composer."

The show I'm working on now has no female directors, and there's been some flack about that (happily, not my department on this show, so I'm unscathed!). But the studio would have happily hired several specific female directors, who were for various reasons unavailable (two demanded too much money). So it's not like the studio put up a woman-haters sign, they simply didn't like the available choices.

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 2:04 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

This is fantastic news. Hildur is great- her work with my beloved Johann Johannsson- esp- Mary Magdalene and her awesome score for Sicario 2!!

You can't be serious! "Sicario 2" is one of the the most unbearable scores of 2018. If this is a sign of the estetic Warner/DC is looking for this new movie, then it's a pitty for such a great character as the Joker.
Just when I tought they have learned a lesson and can't go worst after "Suicide Squad"...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 2:07 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

SICARIO 2 is not a soundtrack you put on to have a pleasant listeng afternoon on the porch, for sure, but nor is it intended to. It's almost on the level of Jóhannsson's first score in terms of how it complements the story and images; the pulsating, dark emotional currents that surround the characters. Just perfect. Not sure what type of score you would have expected for this type of film, b&r?

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 2:29 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

I agree with you. I'm not saying the "Sicario 2" score doesn't work for that particular movie. I'm saying that I personally can't stand it, and that I very much regret this is the style Warner seems to want for the new Joker movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 2:33 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, Hildur is a very talented woman, so I'm sure the new JOKER score won't sound exactly like SICARIO 2. Unless the film itself is in the same style and approach (which I doubt). Let's see what happens. I think it's an inspired choice for a superhero film myself.

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 3:03 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

I have yet to hear anything that proves how brilliant she may be. Mary Magdalene was one of the biggest disappointments and one of the most forgettable scores of the year - at least outside of the usual suspects writing constantly terrible scores for high profile films. And Sicario 2? Well... it is "service" and proper additional music, which lacks any originality or imagination and just follows very closely in the footsteps of Johannsson's first score. The fact how insanely overscored the film is doesn't help it much either.

But hopefully she'll prove herself capable with Joker. If she stays on the picture until it is actually released.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

She had a long career before SICARIO 2, both in collaboration with Jóhann and alone. Both film and non-film. Check out some of her non-film work at https://www.hildurness.com/#music-player-section

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

This is fantastic news. Hildur is great- her work with my beloved Johann Johannsson- esp- Mary Magdalene and her awesome score for Sicario 2!!

You can't be serious! "Sicario 2" is one of the the most unbearable scores of 2018. If this is a sign of the estetic Warner/DC is looking for this new movie, then it's a pitty for such a great character as the Joker.
Just when I tought they have learned a lesson and can't go worst after "Suicide Squad"...


Hey, at least I can spell aesthetic. Sicario 2 Score fits film perfectly.

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

Hey, at least I can spell aesthetic. Sicario 2 Score fits film perfectly.

You might... but the excuse "fits the film" doesn't make it awesome music.

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 4:35 AM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

This is fantastic news. Hildur is great- her work with my beloved Johann Johannsson- esp- Mary Magdalene and her awesome score for Sicario 2!!

You can't be serious! "Sicario 2" is one of the the most unbearable scores of 2018. If this is a sign of the estetic Warner/DC is looking for this new movie, then it's a pitty for such a great character as the Joker.
Just when I tought they have learned a lesson and can't go worst after "Suicide Squad"...


Warner/DC are completely at sea with regard to handling the look and sound of these films. They got the look and tone right with the Dark Knight Trilogy, completely messed up with Man of Steel (score and aesthetics), doubled down with BvS (just awful) and Suicide Squad (other than the score the whole film was abysmal), decided to go for a lighter tone with Wonder Woman (good film average score) and then decided to do a u-turn after the box office failure of Justice League (great score by Elfman).

Oh an by the way didn't Elfman express an interest in revisiting the DCU after Justice League? I guess Gudnadottir has a higher profile than Elfman...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 4:53 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Warner/DC are completely at sea with regard to handling the look and sound of these films. They got the look and tone right with the Dark Knight Trilogy, completely messed up with Man of Steel (score and aesthetics), doubled down with BvS (just awful) and Suicide Squad (other than the score the whole film was abysmal), decided to go for a lighter tone with Wonder Woman (good film average score) and then decided to do a u-turn after the box office failure of Justice League (great score by Elfman).

I really have very limited interest in superhero stuff, but interestingly I have the diametrically opposite view as yours here. I've never cared for the DARK KNIGHT trilogy scores (although I like the films), I absolutely adore MAN OF STEEL, I think BvS had a wonderful score once I programmed my own playlist of the material and I severely disliked Elfman's JUSTICE LEAGUE (although, once again, I managed to at least make a decent 30-minute playlist out the material). Haven't seen or heard WONDER WOMAN or SUICIDE SQUAD.

Hiring Gudnadottir -- who comes from the Icelandic wave of post-rock, contemporary classical and dark, ambient minimalism -- is a small stroke of genius; something completely different than the more traditionally-minded Hollywood composers who have done this in the past.

 
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