How could I ever explain satisfyingly enough what this particular score means to me. I've been a huge fan of Mary Shelley's classic story of the famed Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation ever since I red the original novel many years ago. Then in 1994 came the wonderful, very underrated, movie by Kenneth Branagh. It captured well the very heart of the story - the love and passion of Victor and the tragedy of the monster. Who, in the end, is the true monster of the story?
Patrick Doyle was unknown for me that time, but I marked the orchestral music from the main title to the end credits of the movie. Doyle's score follows the story and narration exceptionally well and the dramatic power of that musical creation is nearly unmatched even today. At heart of Frankenstein's story is love - passionate, unreachable, desperate love - and Doyle has expressed this through one of the best themes of his career. This theme is fully heard in a marvelous cue called "The Wedding Night". The theme is developed throughout the score and in that cue it reaches its full meaning - before the ultimate doom and destruction of Victor and his world. That theme alone is one reason why I started to notice film music in general and why I consider Patrick Doyle today one of my favourite composers.
Overall this is 69 minutes of truly great gothic film music, and Doyle hasn't composed better score yet. For me this is one of the great classics, and I recommend it to all fans of melodramatic, passionate, orchestral music. Be prepared to experience a very loud, thunderous and, in contrast, a lyrical and beautiful musical journey into the world of Frankenstein.