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The Last Man On The Moon by Lorne Balfe (Review)

posted Mar 6, 2015, 9:24 AM by Kaya Savas

Lorne Balfe continues his fantastic string of documentary scores with this fascinating look at the life of Eugene Cernan, who was the last man to ever set foot on the moon. Cernan shares his story of getting into the space program and his journey to the moon and back. It covers the personal hardships and sacrifices he made with his friends and family. As well as the determination of the group heading into the unknown. Balfe contributes a pretty awe-inspiring score that captures the heart of space exploration and makes it feel grand yet personal.

The score is another short one, so what we have here is right under 30min in running time. So we have a condensed narrative that plays out extremely well. When the score runs on the shorter side for a feature length documentary, it just means the music is used differently. There is still plenty of an emotional impact, it just doesn’t progress as you’d expect from a more fleshed out fictional narrative score. I love that the music is big, it doesn’t shy away at the idea of filling up the soundscape. It also feels like it’s building towards something, and when we reach that final track the journey does feel complete. The score as a whole is a fantastic musical commentary on the history of the space program and that idea of exploring the unknown. It captures the grandness and beauty of the concept, which I think was the goal. You might find it a bit more difficult to take a grasp of Eugene Cernan’s own journey through the music, but as a documentary that content is essentially handed to the audience in the form of interviews.

The Last Man On The Moon is another great documentary score from Lorne Balfe. With each new project he manages to find the heart of the topic and whip up a musical embodiment of the subject at hand. The Last Man On The Moon may focus more of its energy on the idea of space exploration rather than the last man on the moon himself, but that doesn’t mean the score isn’t effective at immersing us and emotionally carrying us.