Musical Score By: Christophe Beck
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the dramatic film, Good Kill, Ethan Hawke is Major Thomas Egan, a United States Airforce fighter pilot who has been flying F-16s in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has recently been given a new assignment: flying drones and taking out targets from the safety of headquarters, rather than the cockpit of a fighter plane. All-in-all, it seems like a good gig…until the powers that be have him take out an obvious civilian target.
The musical score of Good Kill was created by Emmy Award-winning Canadian composer Christophe Beck. Learning to play the piano at the age of five, Beck later attended Yale University and the USC film scoring program, where he studied under well-known composers such as Jerry Goldsmith. Beginning his film composing career in television, Beck earned recognition for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Since then, Beck has leant his talents to such notable projects as The Muppets, The Hangover, Under the Tuscan Sun, Pitch Perfect, Date Night, Waiting for Superman, The Internship and Frozen.
For the score of Good Kill, Christophe Beck had something specific in mind: “In approaching the score, I wanted to create a certain sonic ambiguity between the two desert landscapes featured: rural Nevada and Pakistan…The lack of clarity and separation between the home and war fronts is key to understanding Tommy's confusion and motivation in the film and seemed like the perfect window through which to share that feeling with the audience musically.” The score has an immediate exotic feel as noted by the strings in Missiles Away. There is also an undercurrent of danger and intense drama. There’s a mix of electronic and orchestral sound, with some of the edgier tracks featuring electric guitars, synths and reverb.
Overall, there is a somber tone to Good Kill that probably goes very well with the drama of the film, but is actually a downer as a standalone album. The music for this soundtrack was well-composed for the film, but will probably will stay on the shelves collecting dust if one is not a fan of the film itself.