I’M REVIEWING: Divergent Series: Allegiant, Part 1 (what a mouthful right?)
It’s time for a cheeky review, so hey there, take a seat and grab yourself a cup of tea. Wait, no it’s Friday…make it a Gin & Tonic you rebel you!
The soundtrack i’ll be writing about today is from the latest addition to the Divergent Series: Allegiant, score composed by the tremendous Joseph Trapanese. I watched Allegiant just this week and i’ve spent most the week with it blaring around the house so, I felt today was the day to write about it. Oh, and you might want to grab yourself a jumper, you’ll get the chills….
The first thing I noticed about this score was that it sounded familiar at first, there was a little twang of something that initially pricked my ears up. There was a little “eureka” moment as I recognised the similarity to Tron: Legacy. Sure enough, the master behind Tron is the also the Allegiant master himself Joseph Trapanese. This review is regarding Allegiant, however as we’re on the topic of Tron, this happens to be one of the films that I heard the soundtrack prior to watching the film and…. although the artistry was a sensation to watch (& it was Disney), I wasn’t a huge fan of the film but the music still continues to blow my mind.
I believe the synthesis of classical meeting electronic is one of the most powerful present day pairings but, also the hardest for the composer to own and make sound entirely unique. I’m going to throw it out there that Mr Trapanese has most certainly created and sculpted his own sound. His genre is like a memorable vocalist you hear on the radio and you know instantly who it is purely by their distinct voice.
The soundtrack to Allegiant is a digitalised, colourful and playful sound with the incorporation of violin and piano pieces to add to the emotional depth throughout all the tracks. This combination allows for a grand sound for when drama and theatre is occurring in the more action packed scenes but, when the scenes are more emotive there’s a soft, calm and more classical sound to support them. He mixes up the order of these musical ‘mood swings’ so each track has its peak at a different point, some at the start, some in the middle and some at the end. As this theme occurs in all the tracks, the entire album is like a roller coaster of sounds.
My favourite track and a perfect example of the above is ‘Beyond The Wall’. It reels you in, gets your heart pumping before sending electronic shockwaves around half way through.
It’s time to plug in your earphones, turn it up and dial in….
The awesome aspect of each track is that even if it starts slow, it’ll always pick you right up at some point before the track ends, guaranteed. Another example of just that..
Joseph Trapanese is such a fantastic choice for an action packed film such as the Divergent series. Being such a diverse composer whilst staying true to his style allows for an incredibly deep soundtrack. This next track he’s managed to capture a real haunting feel whilst still being able to inject and merge the influence of the electronic sound he’s so famous for.
Sometimes I worry that the old school classic music composers that the world of film has been blessed with over the years, will slowly become fewer and fewer. However, the likes of Joseph Trapanese make the future of music in the film industry something to look forward to. He’s got one foot firmly in the old and the other very much present day…. and I then imagine him standing looking through a pair of binoculars into the future (too far?).
One last element that I feel needs acknowledging though as I have huge amounts of respect for films that still capture my attention once the credits roll, especially ones i’m seeing at the cinema as let’s be honest, the popcorn is all gone (/on the floor) and everyone is usually busting for the bathroom. The song playing as the credits rolled was ‘Scars’ by Tove Lo. It’s a bold statement to make but I promise you’ll be downloading this track as soon as you hear it.
For all you electronic fans out there, if you were a fan of both Tron and Allegiant, i’d go and check this superb composer out as he has many a masterpiece under his belt. And Joseph Trapanese…. thank you!