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The Adjustment Bureau by Thomas Newman (Review)

posted Apr 6, 2011, 12:10 AM by Kaya Savas

It's been awhile since Thomas Newman has made a high profile score. Last one that I recall was Revolutionary Road, which was absolutely stunning. I love everything about Thomas Newman and I think he's one of the greatest composers of all time, but to be quite honest I was a little disappointed with The Adjustment Bureau. I think the only thing I enjoyed was Neman's stylings but in terms of story and emotion I didn't take much away from it.

The score is not one that grabs you like a typical Newman score. A lot of it felt like loops and I didn't feel like the music was taking me anywhere. I didn't really feel a story being told and while Newman uses his trademark strings which have made me cry on many occasions in scores like The Shawshank Redemption, Road To Perdition and The Green Mile I really didn't feel any emotion emulating from them here. There is a lot of running in the movie and you can tell from the music that Newman is trying to keep some sort of rhythmic energy to the score, but it really feels like background music to me. Nothing escalates or grows, which leaves you standing still.

The score serves its function and it's a good score, but I felt nothing from it. That hurts me to say because Thomas Newman is one of my favorites. I enjoyed hearing his stylings for the first time in awhile, but was expecting a much grander emotional journey here.
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