Most times, the musical score in any given movie isn’t always given a whole lot of attention, as it can’t really catch your eye… they’re sounds, in case you didn’t get that. The score is an extremely integral part of the film, but it oftentimes goes unnoticed by viewers unless you’re a musician, a movie buff, or the score is just that damn good. I’ve always said that if you don’t notice the score, it’s doing its job. Music is meant to enhance the mood and atmosphere in the shot, more than the actors and directors physically can, which means that, if you’re so into the movie to notice it, then it’s likely because the score helped to immerse you in that particular scene.
In the case of DC movies, fans will surely remember Danny Elfman’s epic Batman score, Hans Zimmer’s pulse-pounding tones in the Dark Knight trilogy, and Junkie XL’s electronic flair in Batman v Superman. Those are memorable scores because they ended up transcending the movies for which they were written.
New face, new sound… new score
We may be getting another memorable DC score to add to our collections, folks. There’s a baffling movie that’s currently in pre-production that just scored (Pun totally intended here, excuse me while I pat myself on the back) a composer. Todd Phillips’ Joker just nabbed Hildur Guðnadóttir, an Icelandic musician who just wrote her first film score for 2018’s Sicario: Day of the Soldado, starring Benecio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Aside from that, she’s also scored an Icelandic mystery series known as Trapped. In terms of Hollywood credits, she’s had a few jobs as a session cellist on various scores, but her biggest job by far is the Sicario sequel.
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen (or heard) Sicario: Day of the Soldado nor do I have access to Icelandic TV in the States (not that I could understand it if I found it), so I can’t really attest to the skills of the young woman. I am however, excited that there’s a new name in the ring as it was getting a little tiring to see the same ones bandied about all the time. It also shows WB’s commitment to keeping the budget relatively low because they chose not to go with a top name.
If you’re interested in checking out Guðnadóttir’s first big film score, here’s a YouTube video of the entire Sicario soundtrack:
What do you think? Do you find this news promising or disappointing? Did you have another name in mind? Let me know.