Film scores

Soundtrack review: Robin Hood (Marc Streitenfel – 2010)

I must admit I frowned a bit when Ridley Scott changed his go to composer from Hans Zimmer to… Actually, this was the part where I frowned. I didn’t care who the new guy was. I was just upset that Ridley’s new movies, including “Robin Hood” (with the Russell Crowe and the Gladiator team) were going to lack Hans Zimmer’s magic. But then something  happened…

The release of this score coincided with the moment in my life when I decided to start running. My first tries were hard and stumbled and I was usually exhausted after a few minutes. From the first day, Marc Streitenfeld’s “Robin Hood” slowly and shyly started following me on my runs like a stray dog from the park. I hadn’t intended to make this my running companion but something just clicked. The score wagged its tail and started running in front of me, making me play catch. The sound and pace of Marc Streitenfeld’s composition started regulating my breath and making my runs last longer.

It so happened that “Destiny” and “Fate has smiled upon us” were the perfect tracks to start my training, slowly building up the pace. It so happened that when I started to get really exhausted it was time for “Plating the fields” and “Sherwood Forest”, the two sweetest Celtic tracks from the score, valiant and joyful, inviting me to pick myself back up and up my pace. I used to forget all about my fatigue and just charge for the second half of my practice. The second half of the score is more emotional and it motivated me. The surges in mood, the buildups in cues like “Charge” helped my focus. I always planned to run for 45-50 minutes in those days, and towards the end when I really felt like I couldn’t do it anymore, “The legend begins” gave me those extra drops of energy I needed to complete my run and “Merry men” was my reward, the last track of this score. As days and weeks passed, I got better and the stray dog couldn’t keep up with my pace. It’s mostly Brian Tyler now for my runs, but every now and then when I go for a more relaxing pace I remember my first companion, smile and listen to this score.

Cue rating: 93 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 32 / 51

Album excellence: 62%

Highlights:

Destiny

Creatures

Fate Has Smiled Upon Us

Pact Sworn In Blood

Planting The Fields

Sherwood Forest

Robin Speaks

Nottingham Burns

Landing Of The French

Walter’s Burial

Charge

The Final Arrow

The Legend Begins

Merry Men

About the author

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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