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Comments about the soundtrack for Arrival (Jóhann Jóhannsson)

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Thoughts on the Score [EDITED]
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• Posted by: TheDoppel   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, April 10, 2017, at 12:38 a.m.
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Message Edited: Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 3:37 p.m.

Arrival is one of the single best movies I've ever seen, at least as a sci-fi fan anyway. I won't spoil it, but this film called for a truly special score by its structure alone (think palindromes and linguistic contextualization)—and then just imagine if it had a memorable theme to go with it. I'm just pained to see such an opportunity for more complex structure and lyricism go to waste.

Maybe it's just me, but I think Howard Shore would have been a stellar pick for this movie, especially if he was given a solid block of time to compose the score. Instead we got unfulfilling ambience.

So. . . . Howard Shore? Someone else? Who do you think'd be a good pick?

EDIT: The majority of my original post is intact for the sake of integrity, but due to recent events I felt the need to revisit it and express my condolences. Though this score did not connect with me, there are no words that could express my regret regarding my harsh criticisms of it. Diversity in talents should be celebrated, and I could do a better job of recognizing that. Jóhann Jóhannsson will be missed. Rest in peace.

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