Movie: Macbeth (2015)
Director: Justin Kurzel
Composer: Jed Kurzel
Macbeth is one of the best movies of 2015. Justin Kurzel’s incredible vision of the Shakespearean play was very audacious and risky, but he pulled it off. However, we need to talk about the music more than the direction. Jed Kurzel composed one of the most beautiful soundtracks I’ve ever heard in my life. There is something unsettling about his composition for this movie and that is what makes it so good.
I discovered Jed Kurzel’s work because of this movie, and I have to thank his brother to have made him the composer. This guy has talent. His music has a lot of minimalism incorporated into it and yet it has as much effect as a John Williams score. We need more composers like him. We need composers who perceive film music as a way to extend the sound design.
In this particular soundtrack, his unconventional use of the violins is very rewarding once you watch the whole thing (movie and music put together). This is definitely one of the finest soundtracks ever written when it comes to music having an effect on a movie’s atmosphere. Why? Because you can listen to one song and easily imagine the world it embodies.
Great movie. Excellent soundtrack. Go watch it!
Interesting trivia: Justin Kurzel revealed that Michael Fassbender (the chap who plays Macbeth) had read the script more than 200 times before their first read-through.
Song: The Child (Part 1 & 2)
Thanks for reading (and listening). See you next week!