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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Alexandre Desplat (Review)

posted Jan 24, 2012, 10:05 PM by Kaya Savas

Alexandre Desplat ended 2011 with what may be his finest work to date. Some people may say that claim is a bit of a stretch, but after experiencing this score and then the picture I became emotionally dissected by the music. The score is absolutely stunning and so full of constantly moving music that propels you on Oskar's journey that he takes in the film. The string work is simple yet stunning and the piano accents the score brilliantly in that grand Desplat fashion.

This film emotionally affected me the most in 2011. It's such a rich story with such an identifiable character. You feel Oskar's emotions through every inch of this journey and the music is there every step of the way. I think what caught me off guard initially is how bold the score was. This music is quite rigid and establishes its presence without ever really backing down. When I say that I don't mean it's wall to wall music, but the music is every inch of Oskar's character turned inside out. We see every inch of him inside and what is racing through his mind. It's quite stunning and in the end makes you feel emotionally vulnerable. The moments of beauty are so intense that they flourish with human spirit in a way only music can express. When the music needs to express tragedy it becomes scared. The music literally becomes scared just as Oskar becomes scared. It's such a unique thing to see the music act, because that is literally what Desplat is doing. He is composing music that is acting and reating to the plot. I think that's what makes it so appealing and relatable. Overall the experience was so memorable and it affected me greatly.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a beautiful experience filled with every inch of the human condition. It's a prime example of what score is meant to be and meant to do. This is an example of pure inspiration condensed into a brilliant and emotional journey. Desplat was a late replacement on the film and only had 3 weeks to write and record this score, which is mind blowing. I truly believe this is very close to his best work and is one of if not the best score of 2011.
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