Jóhann Jóhannsson’s soundtrack wins the Golden Globe

Original score of "The Theory of Everything"

A great soundtrack is the best friend a film can have. This soundtrack is even more than that. In order of significance, for me, the performance of the music closely follows Eddie Redmayne's amazing performance as Stephen Hawking  (which also won him the Golden Globe for Best Actor).  A soundtrack that adds depth to the story, yet can stand on its own. Repetitive enough to create a certain mood, yet never boring or monotonous. "A film soundtrack that moves ahead faster than the narrative risks puzzling the audience" says  PopMatters Magazine, wondering whether this soundtrack will find "life outside of the film". I find the soundtrack's speed a positive thing. The music stands out, and that in itself makes you remember.

So many film scores are more memorable than this one ("The Last of the Mohicans", "Braveheart", "Requiem for a Dream", "Gladiator", "The Thin Red Line", and many others that do not come to mind at this moment - here I am only including scores rather than soundtracks made of songs). Those, for me, are considered classics. A score like this one is a refresher, an update on those beautiful scores of more than a decade ago. More beautiful in its subtlety yet sufficiently noticeable. (Two more contemporary scores that I love are from the films Shame and Beginners)

Many factors - including personal ones - made me focus on this music. I wouldn't expect many people to sit and listen to this on their free time without a suggestion from a friend or a blog. A perfect reflection of the film, the score is not a masterpiece, but it tells a sweet story and this sweet story is pleasant to listen to. Although in many ways sad, equally inspiring.

On a nice day, I suggest you put it on in the background and continue your work. You will understand.

 

My favorite pieces: 

Chalkboard

A Game of Croquet

The Wedding

A Normal Family

Forces of Attraction

Rowing

Camping

The Theory of Everything

Read the composer's own discussion of the score here.

https://soundcloud.com/backlotmusic/sets/the-theory-of-everything-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/s-Jyo36

 

The trailer of the film below also uses one of the most beautiful songs of all time. The lyrics of this particular song, entitled "Heavenfaced" by The National, have also inspired a great short essay you can read here.