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Gulliver's Travels by Henry Jackman (Review)

posted Dec 25, 2010, 11:25 PM by Kaya Savas

Henry Jackman celebrates his second solo score release with Gulliver's Travels. His previous work includes co-scoring Kick-Ass and the epic Henri 4 with friend and collaborator Hans Zimmer heavily involved. His first solo credited score was the Dreamworks Animation film Mosnters Vs. Aliens, which was an incredibly wonderful score. For Gulliver's Travels Jackman provides a whimsical and splendid orchestral effort.

You may be warded off by how bad Gulliver's Travels looks, and while it may be hollow studio family fare the score is actually pretty good. The music has a very whimsical and swashbuckling feel to it. It bleeds "family film" all throughout and at times can get a bit too saccharine. While the score does feel schmaltzy it doesn't bring it down too far. Gulliver's theme heard in the first track is a catchy piano jingle that branches off and grows as the score moves along. Again one has to keep in mind what this score is accompanying and if you can get past that it can be enjoyable. The way the score develops doesn't offer anything that is memorable and it's definitely an "in the moment" score. I don't see anyone returning to it again and again for repeat listenings.

Henry Jackman is growing into a unique voice and seeing his sound develop with his past few scores is promising. I loved Monsters Vs. Aliens and Henri 4 had some great moments too. Gulliver's Travels is a decent and enjoyable score for what it is. It has lots of character and the large scale sound of it gives it a boldness and presence that I wasn't expecting. Give it a listen and I don't think you'll be disappointed.