Composed By: Rolfe Kent
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the comedy, Gambit, Colin Firth stars as Harry Dean, long suffering art curator for his abusive and rather rich boss Lord Shabandar (Alan Rickman). After years of being subjected to the eccentric whiles of Shabandar, Dean hatches a plan for revenge. Calling upon the aide of Texas rodeo queen PJ Puznowski (Cameron Diaz), Dean plans to con Shabandar into buying a fake Monet - Haystacks at Dawn, the one painting Shabandar has been seeking out for years. But the unpredictable and flighty nature of Puznowski could end up becoming Dean's undoing.
The Gambit Soundtrack features songs by various artists, including Peggy Lee, Robby Armstrong and Moe Brandy, and musical score by British composer Rolfe Kent. Coming from a non-musical family, Rolfe Kent nonetheless had aspirations to become a film music composer by the age of twelve. Inspired by musical scores for Lawrence of Arabia and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Kent pursued his dream, following the advice of a music teacher. Since beginning his composing career, Kent has created musical scores for over fifty films, including Sideways, Election, Mean Girls, Legally Blonde I II, Wedding Crashers, The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Labor Day and more.
While songs like Smokin & Drinkin, Once, Rodeo and Deep in the Heart of Texas offer up that country atmosphere that PJ Puznowski hails from, the score presents the comedy aspect of the film. Containing a jazz flare, the score is almost Pink Panther-esque, offering listeners the mental picture of someone, thinking he is crafty, tiptoeing around in an effort to complete his scheme and quite literally slamming into obstacles along the way.
While I found the score to be fun, I really enjoyed the first half of the albums containing the music. Fans of comedy scores containing a jazz style will enjoy the Gambit Soundtrack. Other music aficionados might prefer to download the songs and the Gambit Overture which basically gives you a perfect impression of what the rest of the score is all about.