Destroyer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
I haven’t always noticed a Theodore Shapiro score (which might indicate he’s doing his job correctly) but when I do I am generally impressed. And though his score for Destroyer is not his typical orchestra fare and relies more on washes of synths, big build of drums and skittering strings, it just might be his finest work to date. Certainly my favourite.
The movie fucking destroyed me! It was accurately titled, and Nicole Kidman was mesmerizing, the gritty story and the way it was shot – all of it compelling and beautiful and profound. And one of the heralds of all of that work was Shapiro’s creeping, haunting score.
There are individual cues here that still startle and pulse well away from the moving images they were created to accompany (Bank Job Gone Wrong, Full Circle, The Color of Money) and there are pieces which trigger the film back into memory (Chaconne).
There’s a touch of the work Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor have been fearlessly, prolifically assembling. And also of some of Max Richter’s work too when the orchestral aspects creep in (thinking particularly of his Waltz with Bashir score) – though I’m really just referencing those as hallmarks of quality. Shapiro has his own impressive-enough career at any rate.
Closing piece, Ecstasy, is as close to perfect and slightly unsettling all in one. It’s glorious. The musical coda to the movie’s action and themes. It’s all reflected in this. In its own way this is every bit as gloriously devastating as the film.
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