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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Thomas Newman (Review)

posted May 22, 2012, 8:31 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated May 22, 2012, 8:32 PM ]

Thomas Newman who has scored some of cinemas most emotionally complex scores is just a pure joy to listen to. However very recently it seemed he was hitting a slump. His scores lacked distinct uniqueness and feel. I found his scores to The Adjustment Bureau and The Debt to be very underwhelming considering I know what he's capable of. Where was the Thomas Newman of Road To Perdition, Wall-E, and Revolutionary Road? Well, I think we found him. This unsuspecting little film starring some of England's best talent has a genuinely stunning score behind it.

The film of course takes place in India so we immediately have a distinct flavor in the instrumentation. It's not overwhelming though and doesn't go overboard with the Indian sounds. This is very much a Thomas Newman score and he handles it impeccably. There so many subtle nuances to it that we get lost in the little emotions of it. While there is an obvious exotic quality to the music it somehow manages to create a sense of awe. And by awe I don't mean that it's Return Of The King or anything. There is a sense of wonder and beneath it all a layer of mischievous fun. It handles everything in a delicate fashion and in that it becomes something special. By the end of the listening experience there is a such a grand human spirit infused within it that it becomes hard not to fall in love with.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a score that emerges from a lively human spirit within its core. Newman then sprinkles the flavors and textures on it to ground its setting. However, underneath all of it there is something really great here that sparks the best of light emotional fare. This is Newman's best score since Wall-E and it's a wonderful experience.
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