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The Hitman's Bodyguard by Atli Örvarsson (Review)

posted Sep 14, 2017, 11:56 AM by Kaya Savas

Atli Örvarsson has probably one of the more interesting career paths of composers working in the industry. A composer who started his career working under great composers like Mike Post and Hans Zimmer, who grew in the Hollywood system but is now making an attempt of reaching out and finding projects closer to his heart. Atli remains one of the few composers who can do something so deep and emotionally powerful as Rams and then do something super fun like The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The movie is an action-comedy with some serious undertones underneath in the vein of something like Lethal Weapon, and the score took an extremely stylistic approach that adds all the right ingredients.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard openly embraces the use of needle drops to complete the soundtrack experience here. Atli’s original score shares space with plenty of carefully curated songs that all match the tone and style of the film, but they never overtake what Atli is doing with the score. The blues approach is fun and works really well, and provides a nice way to transition into and out of some of the more popular songs that make up the soundtrack. There are also some more focused character moments here that you wouldn't expect, and you experience that later in the narrative once the bickering relationship of our dual protagonists is firmly established. The score as a whole is only complete with the other songs, and that’s the way it should be. Song and score are not pitted against each other here, and the end result is just a fun ride from start to finish.

The score and songs work in harmony together to make a fun experience form beginning to end. There is a perfectly balanced tone and style that makes this rhythm and blues jam session score work really well. The attempt of adding some reserved and emotionally driven character moments towards the final act work well too and never feel forced. All in all there’s not much to complain about as Atli Örvarsson lets loose, and that fun translates to the finished product.