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Soundtrack review: Mr. Turner (Gary Yershon – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Mr. Turner (Gary Yershon – 2014)


“Mr. Turner” is a British period movie about the last quarter century of the great eccentric British painter of the same name. The composer is Gary Yershon, a well know British drama composer for theater. I was unfamiliar with his work until now.

The subject and period of the movie announced a difficult task for the composer and possibly a difficult listen for me. I am not a fan of the pace (and I am using the word loosely) at which things happened in Britain 200 years ago. The music expressed exactly that. To me it sounded like a constant wailing of a lonely flute. The score is made of 21 extremely short cues which don’t go beyond instruments being accorded before the orchestra starts playing. I tried to get in the mood of the score and I tried to enjoy it, because usually I love minimalistic and slow burning scores. But “Mr. Turner” unfortunately was too crumbled and repetitive for me to enjoy. Each piece stops after less than one minute and the composition sounds like a couple of soloist trying to make their instruments sound right. By the time they make that happen (the end credits) I am disconnected from the score.

Still…something inside me tells me that there might be a certain moment or mood in which I might get more from “Mr. Turner”, so I’ll keep it on an imaginary post it somewhere in the back of my mind. Eventually, this Chinese drop test might work.

Cue rating: 54 / 100

Total minutes of excellence:  0 / 29

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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