Ways To Live Forever (original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Ways to Live Forever (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Continuing and expanding on our recent devotion to high quality Spanish film music, we are excited to work for the first time with the very talented Los Angeles-based composer Cesar Benito. His score for Gustavo Ron's film adaptation of the Sally Nicholls novel Ways to Live Forever is a very beautiful and sensitive score which combines optimistic quirkiness with soulful seriousness in a way that recalls the finetuned drama music of such masters as Thomas Newman, Mychael Danna and Johan S?derqvist. Although the story has a lot of very sad elements, the director wanted the music to be light, bright, even uplifting. The composer says that he tried ""to be inventive"", combining ""the sounds of a symphony orchestra with other ethnic, less common, instruments and musical effects to portray the lively and imaginative personality of the protagonist"". The result is a score that is very engaging, moving and simply beautiful.
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The first thing you get right away is that the music is character driven and you feel that from the energy and emotions that the music is communicating. The opening motif is energetic and full of life; it really sets up the driving force of the story. As we move through the first act of the score the music does tend to get a bit cheesy and overwritten. However, if you stick it through you will be rewarded with some incredibly beautiful piano pieces that echo emotions of first love, dread, emptiness and fear. The score does step into that territory like you'd expect from a film about a boy with Leukemia. But please don't think the score is a downer because the best way to communicate sadness is to focus on the beauty, which this score does. Tracks like "Best Things In The World" really embody what the music is doing.
The score ends on a reflective tone and the music communicates everything. It was a very well structured and executed experience that again proves my point that there many hidden gems out there. I would go and say that this is one of those hidden gems. The bit of overdone and cheesy music in the beginning keeps this score from being something truly amazing, but overall this is a fantastic piece of work. If you're a fan of piano based scores then I highly recommend Benito's work here.