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Jessica Jones by Sean Callery (Review)

posted Aug 8, 2016, 9:20 PM by Leo Mayr

With Marvel expanding it's reign on comic book adaptations into TV and Netflix series, we are getting more and more diverse characters and ideas thrown into the yearly flood of superhero media. Jessica Jones follows the success of Daredevil, venturing into a darker place than its big screen cousins in the Avengers franchise. But where Daredevil  has a dark and gritty score, Jessica Jones feels more melancholic and emotional.

Sean Callery is no stranger to television and here, he unfolds his full potential. The score opens with the main titles, establishing the style and instrumentation of Callery's music. The music has that flair of a noir film with soft percussion, piano, trumpet and an electric guitar defining the score's distinct identity. Callery has crafted a complex and intriguing mystery score heavily centered around crime investigations while also giving attention to the emotional backbone and the psychologically broken protagonist. Among the many moods and emotions reflected by the music, you won't find any happy or positive ones, instead, the score is filled with thougtful, sad and even at times melancholic feelings. There are a few bursts of excitement in the form of intriguing and suspenseful mystery solving but the overall mood remains more on the emotional side of things. While the music feels calm and melodic at times, it frequently shifts into seemingly disorganized chaos and intense pulsating sections before returning to more docile themes. The sudden changes of pace are what make the score so intriguing. One moment you're engaged in mystery solving and the next, Callery throws aggressive action at you.

Sean Callery does a great job at reflecting a broken and retired superhero with his noir influenced score. The music carries a lot of energy in the crime solving mysteries, but except for a few burtsts of aggression, the majority of the score focuses on the characters with great emotional moments. The music has a really distinct sound, setting itself far apart from other superhero scores. Callery's exploration of a broken hero make the score stand out as a great emotional drama.