20 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Icelandic composer haunts this alien-encounter film's score.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Icelandic composer haunts this alien-encounter film's score.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
60 Ratings
60 Ratings
adventure_tense ,

Intro Song

The Intro song as noted here by others by Max Richter, was first published on his solo album "The Blue Notebooks" in 2004 (or so). It has since appeared in at least three (maybe four?) films now. When looking for that instantly drippy sentimental hook, you can always depend in it.

Oh yes, and then there is the actual soundtrack by Johann Johnnsson that no one is talking about here.

Wah Wuh Wee Wah ,

Intro Song

Does anyone know who composed the intro song when they're at her lake house? It's not on this soundtrack because I believe it belongs to olafur arnald, but I was unable to find it.

NamelessJoe ,

This Film Deserved Better. Far Better.

This score functions as a neat sound design experiment, and that's about it. The best part of the score not only wasn't even by Johannsson, but isn't even on the soundtrack album. So look elsewhere if you want music that's meaningful to the film.

In terms of intelligence, this score really has nothing to offer, which is a shame seeing as how Arrival was one of the most intelligent science fiction films out there. There are no real leitmotifs. No structural aspects that would mirror the films incredibly complex, intricate, and layered construction. Nothing to really sink your teeth into but useless, unmemorable, underproduced drivel. Honestly, this was the worst part of Arrival. It wasn't bad in a distracting kind of way (in fact, it hardly contributed anything memorable to the film), but it was a far cry from what the film deserved.

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