- Review by Leo Mayr - May 10, 2019
For Five Feet Apart, Brian Tyler teams up with Breton Vivian, having worked together on several of Tyler’s scores so far. This time around, Vivian has risen to co-composer and the two deliver a hauntingly beautiful score. The movie is your typical young adult romance story but that didn’t stop the duo of composers from going all out. While Tyler’s most recent scores have little in common stylistically, all of them emphasize Tyler’s skill as a musician over his orchestral writing and Five Feet Apart is no different.
The score’s main theme carries through the whole experience and really defines the film’s mood. The music is calm and beautiful, with a hint of tragedy throughout that has you invested right from the start. The score feels intimate and personal, and the duo of composers never fail to get you engaged in a scene.
A lot of the score is built around solo piano and subtle guitar notes that give the score a warm sense of youthful innocence. There’s some haunting vocals spread throughout which really add to the score’s personality. For most of its runtime, there’s always a hint of tragedy, save for a couple of more upbeat scenes, but the two composers manage to always keep the music feeling fresh. There are only a few ambient pieces, with the majority of the score being built around simple yet beautiful melodic writing.
Five Feet Apart is fantastic effort from Brian Tyler and Breton Vivian. The score wonderfully ties the story together and does a great deal at making you relate to the characters and their struggles. The duo manages to always supply the right emotions while keeping a consistent style throughout the score. The music never feels as big as you’d expect from Tyler, yet the emphasis of few instruments over a large orchestra really makes the score something wonderfully unique.