If you, like me, are pretty unfamiliar with the name Dario Marianelli -- don't worry about it! Pick up the score anyway. This one won't go down in the books as one of the all-time great movie scores, but it is quite an impressive effort, especially coming from a relatively unknown composer. This is a loud, full-blooded gothic fantasy score, richly thematic, thickly orchestrated, and overall simply massive -- you certainly get your money's worth with 72 minutes of music. (Plus it's got some amusing track titles.) Innovative this score is not -- but then, neither was Cutthroat Island, and no one was complaining about that one. And while this score isn't as awesome as Cutthroat Island, it's certainly one of the very best film scores so far this year, along with efforts by such masters of the medium as John Williams and Ennio Morricone and other relative newcomer Alexandre Desplat.
I can't wait to see what Marianelli does with V for Vendetta and Pride and Prejudice later this year, but until then we can be glad we've got this satisfying score! Definitely check it out.