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The Rendezvous by Austin Wintory (Review)

posted Nov 14, 2017, 3:34 PM by Kaya Savas

Austin Wintory reunites with Captain Abu Raed director Amin Matalqa on The Rendezvous, an old-fashioned adventure movie with romantic flair that’s very much in the vein of Indiana Jones. The plot is a bit whimsical in that we have a doctor and a government bureaucrat teaming together to solve the mysterious death of the doctor’s treasure-hunting brother, all the while being chased by a doomsday group who believe that they are in possession of a scroll that could bring the end of days. This all takes place in modern times by the way, so the old-fashioned approach doesn’t necessarily work with the modern day setting, but the whole thing is held together very nicely by Austin Wintory’s fantastic score.

Austin took a very classic approach to the score, and it truly does instill this old-fashioned adventure feel into the story. The score has large sweeping moments but can still be quite intimate. Also the music never comments too much on the film’s Middle East setting, meaning we don’t have a score filled with Middle Eastern sounds and styles. The score is more in the neighborhood of Bernard Herrmann’s North By Northwest, but of course done with that signature Austin Wintory style. The character moments all feel very genuine, but the score always seems to be a bit more grand and adventurous than what the story is. The moments that focus more on the fun chemistry of our two leads are where the score shines the most.

The Rendezvous is a breath of fresh air and truly a unique score and experience from Austin Wintory. This globe-trotting adventure movie with a hint of suspense and romance is an unexpected one, but the score Austin got to compose is pretty great. The limited budget, range of the actors and modern setting make it hard for everything to gel together evenly, but the score smoothes over the film’s bumps enough to make it a pretty enjoyable journey.