Gods of Egypt

Composed By: Marco Beltrami

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The action adventure film Gods of Egypt is inspired by the classical mythology of Egypt and stars Brenton Thwaites as Bek, a mortal who sets off on a journey to save the world and his one true love.  In order for his mission to succeed, he must enlist the aid of the god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to take on the God of Darkness known as Set (Gerard Butler).  Set has usurped Egyptís throne, throwing the empire into chaos and conflict.  Can a mortal and blind god save the empire against such a mighty and sinister foe?

                The musical score of Gods of Egypt was created by award-winning American composer Marco Beltrami.  Showing an aptitude for composing early on, Beltrami completed an undergraduate study at Brown University and entered the Yale School of Music.  Beltramiís love of musical composition took him to Venice, Italy, where he studied under Luigi Nono.  He then traveled to Los Angeles to undertake a fellowship with award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith.  His first solo musical scoring endeavor was Scream and this score made him one of the most sought after composers of his time.  Since then, he as created musical scores for such notable projects as Donít Be Afraid of the Dark, The Hurt Locker, Fantastic Four, The Homesman, Snowpiercer, Trouble With the Curve, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, World War Z, The Woman in Black and more.

                Director Alex Proyas and Marco Beltrami worked together to find just the right sound for the film, searching for something that would reflect the filmís locale and also the action adventure theme.  According to Beltrami, ďWe watched some of the great films that reflected the area and sensibility we are going, for such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Black Narcissus, Lawrence of Arabia together as these were influences of his for the film and wanted the music to perform a similar thematic function. After that I did my best to deliver

                The music of Gods of Egypt is epic, featuring orchestral tracks, often times with choral pieces woven in to enhance the drama of the track.  Flutes, horns and other woodwinds help describe the locale.  Fast paced, heavy percussion, horns and blasts of music are used for the adrenaline pumping action sequences like Set Vs Horus, Market Chase, Bek Steals the Eye, Obelisk Fight and more.  Softer tracks in the score, such as Bek and Zaya represent the love story in the film.  Horn fanfare is used to express the awe-inspiring moments, such as in the track Coronation.

                Gods of Egypt did not do well in theaters, with critics panning the film.  Yet, Beltramiís musical score for the film won an AACTA award for Best Original Score.  Itís easy to see why.  The Gods of Egypt Soundtrack is a grand affair that reminds me of the musical scores of classic films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Ten Commandments and others.  The movie may not be worth seeing, but the soundtrack is definitely well worth the listen.


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