The Night Manager

Musical Score By: Victor Reyes

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the AMC miniseries, The Night Manager, based on the John le Carré espionage novel, Tom Hiddleston is Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier recruited by intelligence agent Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) for a dangerous operation.  Pine must infiltrate the inner circle of Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie), a major illegal arms dealer.  Rescuing Roper's son gets him inside, but Roper remains skeptical of Pine.  Can Jonathan get close enough to get the goods on Roper, or is Roper suspicious enough to eliminate the problem?

                The musical score of The Night Manager was created by Spanish composer Victor Reyes.  A huge name in the Spanish film composing circle, Reyes is also an internationally recognized composer.  Critically acclaimed compositions by Reyes include the musical scores of The City with No Limits, The Contestant and Buried.  Other film compositions include Grand Piano and Red Lights.

                The score of The Night Manager features an elaborate string composition.  The main theme of the film is dramatic and reminiscent of that of The Godfather and is presented in different formats throughout the soundtrack.  Danger and intrigue are represented by faster paced strings and percussion.  The musical score will sometimes take on an ethnic sound, describing the various locales of the film.  Sometimes the score has an Italian influence, sometimes a Middle Eastern style, as in the track Cairo.

                The Night Manager Soundtrack is definitely an interesting listen, well-suited to the complex and dramatic tale woven by le Carré and adapted for screen by AMC.  Reyes has created a score that represents the tension and drama of Pine's situation perfectly and the soundtrack actually makes a decent stand alone album that weaves a complicated story for the listener.  Job well done, Mr. Reyes.


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