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Get The Gringo by Antonio Pinto (Review)

posted Jun 4, 2012, 6:56 PM by Kaya Savas

The Brazilian composer well known for his fantastic score to City Of God brings us into the seedy criminal world of a small Mexican town. The film stars Mel Gibson as an inmate who must survive as an outsider with the help of a young boy. The score is a short one coming up shy of 40 minutes, but it packs enough flavor and nice motifs to make it a full serving. The music provides what is needed, but in the end I felt like it could have been a bit more stylized to make the experience bolder and more fun. 

This isn't a dull score. However when I listen to something like Once Upon A Time In Mexico I experience a score that makes itself present. Get The Gringo doesn't do that enough to make a lasting impression. Pinto does use a lot of guitar, both acoustic and electric to give the music some kick except after the kick it usually dies back down. It is a very aesthetically pleasing score and musically it's soothing to the ears, but dramatically I felt like I needed more. I needed to feel more character and more of a unique soundscape for the town of El Pueblito, the setting of the film. In the end the score does its job, but left a lot to be desired.

When I saw the trailer for this flick it came across as an extremely stylized and gritty movie, but from the score it seems like it isn't that all. I never base my expectations on trailers, and I know trailers misrepresent films all the time. But from what I hear here I do wish there was some more stylization to make the music pop thus creating a lasting impression.