Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Music By: Bear McCreary

Songs By: Young Beautiful In A Hurry

Distributed by: Sparks & Shadows

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            James Rolfe, AKA: The Nerd, has been bringing you his angry and often foul-mouthed reviews of video games and pop culture in web format for years now.  An internet sensation, in 2011, Rolfe decided to start a campaign to bring his web series to life on the big screen.  Enter Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie.  Inspired by the famous E.T. Atari video game burial of 1982, The Nerd and his crew travel to New Mexico to find this burial site and finally review the video game disaster that marked him as a young child forever.

            The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie Soundtrack features musical score by Bear McCreary and original songs by Young Beautiful In A Hurry.  Bear McCreary is an American composer and musician who received degrees in Composition and Recording Arts from the USC Thornton School of Music.  His brother Brandon McCreary is the founder and lead singer of the band Young Beautiful In A Hurry. Bear McCreary is best known for his musical scores for Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, Outlander, DaVinci's Demons and the video game Dark Void.

            The music of The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is straight up rock and roll.  The songs Nerds Before Birds and Barcade, by Young Beautiful In A Hurry, are performed in an 80's big hair band tongue-in-cheek hard rocking style.  I loved the use of 8 and 16-bit video game music samples in this score.  According to Bear McCreary, "The music combines a full symphonic orchestra, heavy metal rhythm section and custom sampled synthesis from NES, Super Nintendo and SEGA Genesis hardware.  For this score, I got to live out all my musical fantasies, combining influences from my favorite video games and film composers that inspired me when I was a kid."  This sampling mixed with slamming percussion and the symphonic orchestra adds a sense of action, adventure and a bit of hilarity to the score.  The last song, a remix of The Angry Video Game Nerd Theme Song is fairly horrible, but I couldn't help laughing at the rather explicit lyrics.

            If you loved those old Atari, Super Nintendo and SEGA gaming systems and the 8 and 16-bit games they came with, you are definitely going to love e e The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie Soundtrack.  Fans of the 8 and 16-bit video game music get a special treat on this album: Source Music Medley, a full track dedicated to all of the source music sampled for the film score.  I had a great time listening to the rock and roll and nostalgia-inducing video game music found on this album.  I have no idea how well the movie did in theaters, but this soundtrack is definitely worth adding to your film and video game score collection.


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