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The Snowman by Marco Beltrami (Review)

posted Nov 7, 2017, 9:49 AM by Leo Mayr   [ updated Nov 15, 2017, 9:35 AM ]

The Snowman
isn't what I'd call a bad movie. It's a disappointing one. The trailers looked great, there was a lot of talent in front of and behind the camera but somewhere, somehow a lot went wrong. "Unfinished" is the word that comes to mind. There's clearly a lot of potential, but the final cut just feels rough and rushed, with the score by Marco Beltrami being the only sign that this is actually a finished film.

Beltrami delivers an effective score, that greatly enhances the film's suspenseful atmosphere and ties the narrative together with a simple yet memorable theme. The score is subtle but powerful, both emotional and unsettling. Beltrami delivers a tense and unique score with a lot of emotional weight and more than a few fantastic pieces. There's really nothing to complain about in terms of the music. However, on more than one occasion, the score seemed out of sync with what was happening on screen. As if the score was being used like library music, instead of being tailored to the scenes. And given the extensive behind the scenes drama on the production, it's hard to tell what went wrong.

The film had a lot of potential, and one can't help but wonder how much a few more months of production might have improved the movie. Marco Beltrami's score for the most part makes the experience feel more like a complete movie and adds a great deal to an otherwise flawed narrative. While The Snowman probably won't stay on people's minds for very long, fans of Beltrami's work should be well compensated by the gripping score. At least the album can't be dragged down by rushed editing...