Nov 21, 2012

BEST SCORES OF 2012 (updated)

1. A Royal Affair, Gabriel Yared
2. John Carter, Michael Giacchino
3. Lincoln, John Williams
4. Amour, Alexandre Theraud
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Dan Romer & Behn Zeitlin
6. Moonrise Kingdom, Alexandre Desplat
7. Hitchcock, Danny Elfmann
8. The Dark Knight Rises, Hans Zimmer
9. Brave, Patrick Doyle
10. Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Johnny Greenwood's bingo-bongo-Stravinsky score for The Master was at least 50% responsible for me disliking that movie as much as I did: it played pizzicato on my nerves. Desplat's score for Argo was strangely underpowered — evocative when it should have been thrilling — and James Horner's score for The Amazing Spiderman was just ugly. Zimmer's score for The Dark Knight was thunder with conviction, if a retread of his much better Inception score — a classic. Danny Elfmann's score for Hitchcock is single-handedly responsible for that movie's briskness. John Williams score for Lincoln sounded a little like the last melody he has in the bag, but summoned his old magic. Michael Giacchino's Jon Carter score is like underwater Bond, but the best score for me this year was Gabriel Yared's for A Royal Affair: plush, four-ply romanticism that unbuttons one's corset very nicely.


  1. I'm surprised you didn't mention Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin's rousing score for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

  2. A terrible omission — rectified immediately