Awards – The Musical Scores of 2018 That Overflow You

One factor that I will always look out for with a film and that is the musical score. I can get caught in the world of the music, as it sits in my head in the days, weeks and months that come. There is immense artistry in weaving emotions from music, having us slip into the world that is created, fear the oncoming dread even if we do know why, or rejoice in the triumph of that final victory.

Music charts the cinematic world, it guides us, it can lift us up, and it can crush our souls, this is its power.

Before we start, an honourable mention has to go to Deadpool 2 for having the gumption to get Céline Dion to sing a completely straight rendition of the title theme, over some of the most ridiculous film titles. So without further ado, these are the musical score that moved us in 2018. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question.  

Black Panther: Casino Brawl

Image Credit: Marvel/Disney

You have the slow unsettling feeling build as everything falls into place like you know that the whole Casino is about to explode, but even that does not prepare you for the rumbling of the drum that leaps out. But before you know it, things quiet down because we are about to do jump up to the top balcony as the Dora Milaje’s theme rings out. It is electric and overwhelming.    

Directed by – Ryan Coogler
Musical Score by – Ludwig Göransson
Full Review Here

First Man: The Landing

First Man. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

After so long we are finally coming in for the last decent onto the Moon, drums and violins play out as it gets closer into view. Then after a number of near misses the trumpets blare and the main themes starts, which somehow captures all that pent-up concern you had at hoping it would all go well. It is that trigger for your emotional outpouring, for you to take that breath you didn’t know you were holding.   

Directed by – Damien Chazelle
Musical Score by
– Justin Hurwitz
Full Review Here

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Marauders Arrive

Image Credit: Disney

Solo had some issues, no doubt, but the first time I heard Marauders Arrive it felt both instantly Star Wars, but also something completely new. I have no idea how Justin pulled that balance off. But it perfectly punctuates the train heist with its haunting vocals with chirping trumpets underneath.  

Directed by – Ron Howard, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Musical Score by
– John Powell & John Williams
Full Review Here

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse: Spider-Team Mission

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Image Credit: Sony/Marvel

Daniel’s score for Into the Spider-Verse is one of the most unique soundtracks of the year. It is like a cake where each layer is something new, but they are all delicious and work in harmony together. It completely accompanies the artistic marvel that is the animation and makes every moment that much better for it being there.

Directed by – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman
Musical Score by
– Daniel Pemberton
Full Review Here

The Shape of Water: Elisa’s Theme

The Shape of the Water

With The Shape of Water, we take a different direction altogether, instead of a bombastic score we have something more reserved, and controlled. A score where flutes and xylophones mix to create this elegant and always happy sound. It also sits there reminding you of the water with all the slightly off kilter notes.  

Directed by – Guillermo del Toro
Musical Score by
– Alexandre Desplat
Full Review Here

And the Winner is!!!!! – Black Panther: Casino Brawl

This was probably the hardest category to pick, as there was so much beautiful music on show throughout the year. However, when I sat down and really thought through the list, there was only one score that stayed with me all year and that was Ludwig Göransson’s Afro-future inspired work. It is a score of drums and vocals, of looking forward and respecting the past. It is a joyful anthem and I can just sit there listing to it for hours to come.      

By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

What are your favourite cinematic moments from 2018?, let us know what you thought in the comments below, feel free to share this review on any of the social medias and you can follow us Here. Check out all our past reviews and articles Here, and have a happy day.

Credits – All images used were created by the respective studio and artist of each film

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