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Soundtrack review: The happy prince (Gabriel Yared – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: The happy prince (Gabriel Yared – 2018)

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“The Happy Prince” is a British biographical drama film about Oscar Wilde, written and directed by Rupert Everett. The film stars Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Edwin Thomas and Tom Wilkinson. The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humour. Gabriel Yared wrote the score and it’s a welcomed and rare opportunity to get a new score from him.

Just as I was slowly diving into the comfortable piano elegance I always expect from him comes an insert like “Prison” which presents an industrial darkness rarely found in a Yared score. Of course he goes right back to sweet orchestral joy but it was a surprise. This score is very short, with very short cues as well so there isn’t any time for themes to develop; it’s nothing more then a minimalistic, symphonic texture done in the perfect, unique Gabriel Yared style. The music is quiet, reflective and oh so elegant. I listen to it and I feel that Gabriel Yared can write music like this in his sleep, effortlessly, just a statement of how great a composer he is. He only needs to slightly move a finger and turn up the emotion even in a cue like “Church” which isn’t even a minute long.

With Gabriel Yared, you know what you get. Be it a long score or a short score, it doesn’t matter; if it’s drama or romance it’s very hard to find a composer more sensible than him. His music is warm, melodic, pleasant to listen to and I almost not even look at the movie synopsis when I see his name attached. I just go into the Yared zone, smile and press play. And he never disappoints.

Cue rating: 85 / 100

Highlights:
Church
Bosie Arrives
Sunset on the Sea
Cemetery

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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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