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Soundtrack review: Pride and prejudice and zombies (Fernando Velázquez – 2016)

Very soon after “Crimson Peak” Fernando Velasquez delivers another memorable composition. Listen to this one, it’s much more beautiful than you would expect.

“Pride and prejudice and zombies”… Let’s just pause a little bit and marvel at this totally awesome title. You can’t go wrong with a title like this. I love this title. 6 stars to this title. I will watch the movie just because of this title. As you might gather this is an upcoming American comedy horror film based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith that parodies the 1813 British novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal pride and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another. Priceless. Fernando Velázquez wrote the score and he is one of my favorite fantasy / horror composers.

The beginning of the score is quiet charming. The composer disguises his dark sound and dresses it up for a period piece. The music goes dancing and even pauses for a couple of lovely, pure Irish jigs in “The man from Uribe” and “Dance of the ponderous distaff”. I love moments like these in a score, I’m a huge Celtic music fan. It’s clear that the zombies haven’t come yet and that nobody even suspects they will come.

“We are under attack!!” marks the spectacular start of the action. As soon as it began to unfold it made me think of Alan Silvestri’s “The mummy returns” score. That’s one of my yardsticks for all in fantasy adventure music. It’s but a brief moment of adrenaline though because Velázquez returns to the elegant British sound with “Carriage”. I don’t mind though; the music is rich and enjoyable. As the score progresses the continuous dialogue between period ball room music and almost gothic horror gets more and more delicious. The back and forth between the two sounds make this score work; it’s a wonderful dance and I realize that Velasquez did a splendid thing here: he just wrote a full blown opera, a classical music ode to zombies. I dare you to find another cue like “Menuet des morts vivants” in today’s film music world.

Fernando Velázquez proves once again that his music is among the most complex and rewarding out there. Even if it’s more “Pride and prejudice” than “Zombies” this score will satisfy every film music fan. There’s innocence, there’s romance, there’s a dash of horror but above all, this is simply gorgeous orchestral music that will strike various chords inside you. It surely did inside me and I will definitely return to this score. Very soon after “Crimson Peak” Fernando Velázquez delivers another memorable composition. Listen to this one, it’s much more beautiful than you would expect.

Cue rating: 95 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 41 / 58

Album excellence: 70%

Highlights:

The Man From Uribe

Dance Of The Ponderous Distaff

We Are Under Attack!!

Orphans

The Soldiers Of Meryton

Menuet Des Mortes Vivants

Don’t Go Into The Woods Alone

St Lazarus

Rosings Park

Midnight Walk

Flirt Lovers Fight

The Letter – Siege Of London

Darcy Is Saved

Back To St Lazarus

Zombies Are Fed – Attack – Showdown

After The Explosion

Happy Ending

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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