Tamara Drewe

Musical Score By: Alexandre Desplat

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Based on the newspaper comic strip and subsequent graphic novel by Posey Simmonds, Tamara Drewe is a comedy set in Dorset, England Gemma Aterton is Tamara Drewe, a young, attractive journalist who returns home to Ewedown to sell off the house she has inherited from her mother.  Her return does not go unnoticed and before long, Tamara is embarking on a love affair which causes quite a ruckus in the small town.  Things go topsy turvy in the neighborhood and only Tamara and a childhood friend Andy (Luke Evans) can set things right.

            The musical score of Tamara Drew was created by German composer Alexandre Desplat.  One of the most talked about film composers of the day, Desplat composed the musical scores of over fifty European films before making his mark on Hollywood with Girl With A Pearl Earring.  Since then, Desplat has been sought after worldwide.  Recent projects include the musical scores of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox , The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

            Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the soundtrack of Tamara Drewe has an impish quality.  Stephen Frears, director of the film, describes the Tamara Drewe theme, heard throughout the soundtrack, as a “scurrying marimba tune.”  The score is playful and accurately reflects the curve Tamara Drewe throws at the locals by arriving in her hometown after her mother’s death.  As things get more and more out of control in the town, the music gets more rambunctious.

            Following up the sixteen tracks of musical score are three songs performed by members of the cast.  The first two songs, Where Are You Now? and This Is a Low, feature the fictional band Swipe, feature a British punk/alternative sound.  Jail-bait Jody is performed by Dominic Cooper who portrays drummer Ben Sergeant.  The song is a rocking tune about another character in the film, Jody Long (Jessica Barden).  The three songs on the album present quite a different attitude than the musical score by Alexandre Desplat and yet, they also present the perfect ending for the album.

            All-in-all, the Tamara Drewe Soundtrack is an enjoyable listen.  The musical score perfectly represents the events in the film and I enjoyed the ever-present theme music.  My only wish is that there were more songs on the soundtrack.  It would have served to make the entire album more lively to have these songs interspersed with the musical score rather than featured at the end of the album. 


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