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Hugo by Howard Shore (Review)

posted Dec 5, 2011, 9:58 PM by Kaya Savas

Scorsese and Shore are one of the industry's best director/composer teams. Since Gangs Of New York the two have formed a formidable team and Howard Shore is now the voice of A Martin Scorsese picture. For Hugo the two really get to flex their creative muscles. Hugo is a grand old fashioned adventure with what has to be Scorese's most visually stimulating film. For the score Howard Shore matches that wonderment with piano and strings, and of course the accordion which gives everything a French twist.

The score is definitely a refreshing and mesmerizing journey. The music whisks you into fantasy within the first track and doesn't let go. The structure while maybe not technically a waltz definitely has that feel, and I found myself swaying my head to the beats as I listened. The music can be delicate when it needs to be, and even when it's bold it's never aggressive. It lulls you into a state of being that is just plain wonderful. I can't imagine anyone not having a warm smile on their face while listening to this. The music is young at heart so it feels rejuvenating. I felt love and admiration at every point in the score and that transcends into something very special. Howard Shore hasn't composed something like this in a while. It's nothing that will blow you away emotionally, but it is perfect when it comes to crafting a state of mind and guiding the audience through it. For some reason it reminds me of sitting by a warm crackling fire while there's 2 feet of snow on the ground outside.

It's nice to hear a Howard Shore score for a Scorsese picture again since Shutter Island opted for non-original music. Shore definitely composes one of his most character rich scores in some time and the brisk youthful energy in every note is something to make everyone smile. The score embodies setting, atmosphere, character and pure inspiration to create a memorable experience.
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