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Soundtrack review: Walking with the enemy (Timothy Williams – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Walking with the enemy (Timothy Williams – 2014)

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“Walking with the enemy” is a movie inspired by the true story of a young man who, in the last days of World War II in Hungary, stole a Nazi uniform and impersonated a Nazi officer in order to find his lost family and bring them to safety. I wasn’t very familiar with composer Timothy Williams before this score.

Considering the subject, I expected an emotional and painful score. The beginning is a little low key, like the mood is being set. For me, war movie scores usually fall into one of the following categories:  they’re either elegiac or pathetic and I cannot connect with them, or they are quiet and focused on the inner struggles rather than the outside war, which are my favorites, or all out epic and exhilarating, which I also love.
Halfway through “Walking with the enemy”, I haven’t really felt anything yet. I didn’t feel the danger, the pain or the anguish in the music. This score seems to be closer to the first category because all I get is a feeling of somber remembrance. The music is nice and beautiful, but very quiet. It seems to respect the topic too much.

Things change with “Ghetto house”. This is more like it; I am starting to connect with the score. After two more cues (“Hannah and Elek” and “Palace attack”), I forgot all about my initial doubts and I am enjoying a very beautiful score. The battle cues are intense and thrilling while the emotional parts are painful and sensible.

In its second half, “Walking with the enemy” has found the depth and emotion I had hoped it had, and Timothy Williams strengthened the fabric of this very hard movie with his music.  I imagined how hard it must have been to deal with a subject like this, especially since it is based on a real story. The composer rose to the challenge and brought all the depth and emotion of the story in a very satisfactory score.

Cue rating: 71 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 21 / 48

Album excellence: 44%

 

Highlights:

Ghetto House

Hannah And Elek

Palace Attack

Death March

Near Escape

Russian Battle

Adam’s Speech

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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