I know there are a couple of discussion on this kind of topic here on the forum already. In fact ,I myself started one back in 2000something about really inappropriate or just annoying underscoring. Back then it was SHADOW OF A DOUBT by Dimitri Tiomkin, which was ( in my humble opinion) really bad for the movie.It ruined some scenes almost.
So , yesterday I saw OKLAHOMA CRUDE on TV. This was almost ridiculous in some scenes. Faye Dunaway and George C Scott are almost beaten up to death....yet Mancini ( or Stanley Kramer just put the score on top of this scene don't know ) underscores this with a jolly theme ( The Oklahoma Crude theme). And this was not as a counterpoint to the action...like in some Tarantino like movies. At least it didn't feel like it.It was just bad....
I really enjoy the score of The Humanoid by Morricone except that it was written for the wrong movie. The fight scenes with Morricone's jolly music are really-really weird. (Actually, the entire movie is weird as hell, so it can be that Morricone was eventually right...)
Morricone's DISCLOSURE makes for a decent album but I never thought it fit the movie. Morricone is doing his thing - mixing tones, leaning into the melodrama and perhaps winking at the silliness of the plot - but Levinson and especially Douglas take a much more straightforward and self-serious approach to the material.
Les Baxter's upbeat, jazzy score to Panic In The Year Zero strikes the wrong chord for a movie about a family fleeing from a looming nuclear holocaust. There's a fight scene where one character gets punched, and its accentuated with a big blast of horns (BAP...!), that's unintentionally funny.
Doctor Who Series 11 and to some extend 12. Music should enhance a scene, but drones are just not capable of doing it. To be fair, I like the new Albums by Segun Akinola but compared with Murray Gold's stuff are they nothing (but Chibnall's writing is also nothing compared to RTD's and Moffat's so it kinda works...).
but my point is that simple synthi-chords or drones not work with emotional scenes (or just normal scenes), at least not for me.
Character: Oh no, he is dead (Jim) Music: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
I'm not asking for an complete orchestral masterpiece with complex texture and harmony but something memorable would be nice. Something with more than one note that isn't changing for 2 minutes.