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Soundtrack review: Big eyes (Danny Elfman – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Big eyes (Danny Elfman – 2014)


“Big eyes” is the newest movie from Tim Burton. Naturally, the score was written by his longtime collaborator Danny Elfman. This movie is a very unusual one of the couple because… it’s not at all unusual. It’s the story of a 50’s American painter whose works were claimed by her husband as his own. Naturally a bitter legal battle ensued. No fantasy or horror element in this one.

Danny Elfman’s score reflects just that normality. I had to check twice to see that he was actually the one who wrote this score because “Big eyes” sounds like a normal, generic Thomas Newman composition. The same soft piano notes, the lack of heart and I am sure Newman fans will love this one. Elfman fans might not recognize their favorite composer here.

The second half of the score (the second 10 minutes long part that is) get a little more ominous and I recognize Elfman in “Walter”. Strangely though (given the subject of the movie) it still seems like somebody else’s work. It’s as if Danny Elfman took the latest Thomas Newman score and claimed it as his own. So if you’re in the mood for that kind of score you will love this one. My mood might not have been right for it.

Cue rating: 67 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 0 /21

Album excellence: 0%



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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