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Soundtrack review: Shrek the third (Harry Gregson Williams 2007)

 

Harry Gregson Williams really made the Shrek franchise his own. The distinctive and fun blend of renaissance music and drama makes the Shrek score one of my favorite animation score franchises. “Shrek the third” doesn’t start with the usual theme but with “The royal treatment” which makes me feel like I’m in a concert hall a few hundred years ago.

“Charmed and dangerous” is my favorite track from this score. It is a beautiful orchestral piece with twists and turns and full of heart. It is the one piece from “Shrek the third” I come back to more often. The rest of the score makes, as usual, for quite an enjoyable one time listening experience. I haven’t seen the third movie so there’s no emotional connection here. The music is enough for me. Harry Gregson Williams’ composition provides me with all the feelings I might get from the movie, in a condensed form.

If you enjoyed the previous installments in the series you will surely get a kick out of this one. I am enjoying animation Harry Gregson Williams more than generic action Harry Gregson Williams from the past few years…

Cue rating: 78 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 8 / 41

Album excellence: 20%

Highlights:

The royal treatment

Charmed and dangerous

(Almost) alone at last

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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