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Diablo by Timothy Williams (Review)

posted Feb 1, 2016, 7:43 PM by Kaya Savas

Diablo is a new western starring Scott Eastwood trying to call upon the success of his father in the genre. The plot is simple, a civil war soldier is on a quest to get back his kidnapped wife. As the quest continues, it seems he’s dealing with something he didn’t expect. The deep brooding score is from the very capable Timothy Williams, and it succeeds in providing the meat to a very thinly scripted western. 

The score’s strengths lie in the music’s broad strokes. The music moves in waves like thick molasses being spread. It has a weight to it, and with that gravitas comes from the suspense. And that’s the thing here, this score is much more a suspenseful thriller than it is a traditional western. Williams utilizes some acoustic textures to give the score a bit more of that genre feel, and it works without being too over the top with it. So don’t come in expecting Morricone. The film has a few songs that definitely add that spaghetti western vibe, but the score never goes that direction and that’s a good thing. In the end the score balances full-bodied sounds with more tranquil moments to craft a very unique western soundscape.

The sound of it feels modern, yet it still carries the sort of age and weathered feel of the story. While there are some melodic arcs, I think if the themes and melodies were a bit more tangible the score would resonate emotionally more than it does. As it stands though, it’s a worthy entry in the genre and puts Timothy Williams’ skills as a storyteller on display.