Gunpowder Milkshake (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
STUDIOCANAL under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment
I sure liked the film Gunpowder Milkshake with its cartoon violence escalation, some savvy one-liners and ratcheting action. It was popcorn stuff. But made good with a strong cast and talented film crew. An absolute standout for me though was Frank Ilfman’s score which I’m now enjoying away from the film as an album in its own right.
The opening credits (Opening Titles) bubbles up and into cartoon world in a way similar to Danny Elfman’s best Burton efforts, but from there we move into the world of the classic 1960s and 1970s scores of Morricone (A Careless Whisper) and Michel Legrand (Gunpowder Milkshake). There are hints of Pino Donaggio (Home Sweet Home?) as the spaghetti western vibe is nodded to and constantly returned to throughout the score. But there are also moments of more modern action-hero crawl, the stuff Zimmer is so good at (The Firm); even the John Carpenter of his Lost Themes years is hinted at (The Rollin Roars).
These are short cues, mostly 90 seconds, but there is a unity to this as an album, to hearing these 33 short pieces collected.
It’s probably mostly for film score nerds, for composers, for people interested in the academic experience of film-score listening, but Ilfman’s sold TV and film credentials made him a sure pick. And from there he has built something really beautiful for this film. I look forward to hearing more from him in the future. Meanwhile, I’ve been very happy listening to this a lot!