Last month we voted on our favorite movies. This week, our favorite film scores of 2008 movies! Once again I've compiled only the list of scores I have, so feel free to check "other" and let me know what you thought was the best, and why - I'm always looking for more great scores to listen to.
Picking favorites is especially difficult when it comes to scores, not because they're as varied as the movies they represent, but moreso because I get to spend a lot more time with them than the movies themselves. And while I enjoyed the originality of John Powell's Hancock and Ramin Djawadi's Iron Man I found myself listening mostly to Michael Giacchino's exciting score to Speed Racer and the surprisingly innovative The Dark Knight from collaborators Hans Zimmer and James Newton-Howard. It was a late entry though, which stole me away from the rest, Carter Burwell's Twilight.
I'd posted earlier about this score and how it managed to get so much of my attention, but it didn't dawn on me until the other night while I was listening to the lush orchestrations of Nature Finds A Way that I realized I shouldn't much care for the score to Twilight as it is a fairly low-key presentation with few instruments. I'm not that keen on a solo spanish guitar leading the charge, but in this case, for reasons I still have yet to resolve, it works for me.
Two pieces of music were recorded with about 24 players - "Bella's Lullaby" and "Showdown in the Ballet Studio," and the rest were done with a core ensemble of 4 strings, 3 woodwinds, piano, harp, bass, guitar and percussion. ~ Carter Burwell
This score also wasn't even close to being an immediate favorite, possibly for the reasons listed above, nor was seeing the film and finally being able to match cues with scenes in context, though I did order the album after I'd seen the movie (mostly to replace my 192kbps copy once I'd heard it in the theater). No, this was a score which grew on me, after numerous listens. So if you don't care for it right away, I understand completely. But I was eventually taken by it, which is why it gets my vote for favorite score of a 2008 film.
Carter Burwell at the console during the recording of Twilight,
September 2008 at Air Lyndhurst Studios in London
And without further ado:
Best Film Score for 2008 Movies
Best Film Score for 2008 Movies, Continued