By Charlie Brigden
Title: The Homesman
Composer: Marco Beltrami
The Film: Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in another of his edgy westerns where he and Hilary Swank have to transport three mentally ill women to Iowa.
The Score: I’ve never really been able to connect with Beltrami’s scores below the surface, but something about The Homesman speaks to me. It’s a wonderfully evocative score, sparse at times but honestly emotional, with a beautiful main melody.
Distinguishing Features: That gorgeous main theme – especially in ‘The Homesman End Credits’ – that sounds like something Jerry Goldsmith would have written in his latter period.
Final Thoughts: It’s a beautiful score, although maybe even forty-six minutes is pushing it for an album due to the sometimes esoteric material. But I’d still heartily recommend it.
The Homesman is out now from Varese Sarabande