Music By: Danny Elfman
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Wanted is an action film based loosely on a comic book miniseries by Mark Miller. In the film, we meet Wesley Gibson. Twenty-five-year-old Wes (James McAvoy) is a fairly boring individual, working a fairly boring job, dating a girl who barely registers that he’s alive. That was all about to change upon meeting Fox (Angelina Jolie), a mysterious yet beautiful girl who recruits Wes into the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins for the greater good led by Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Wes soon learns that the father he never knew was a member of this society and was recently murdered. As he begins his training as a member of the Fraternity, he soon discovers that there is a lot more to his new associates than meets the eye. Seeking to avenge his father with his newly unlocked dormant powers, Wes teeters on the line of heroism and vengeance. When Wes discovers that all at the Fraternity is not what it seems to be, will he have the courage to carry out what needs to be done.
The soundtrack of Wanted is composed by Danny Elfman, founder and front man of the New Wave American band Oingo Boingo. Elfman has a long history in musical scoring dating back to the early 1980s when he worked on the film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Since then, he’s racked up quite an impressive résumé of movie and television soundtrack compositions including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mission Impossible, Men in Black, Mars Attacks!, Good Will Hunting, Charlotte’s Web, Tales from the Crypt, Desperate Housewives and more.
Danny Elfman’s musical composition on the Wanted Soundtrack leaves you with no doubts as to the genre of this film. This is an action film and Elfman does not disappoint, creating a soundtrack that leaves you bobbing your head along with the music, tapping your fingers to the rhythmic beats and occasionally playing air guitar. The very first track is a rock song with vocals by Elfman himself entitled The Little Things. Now, here’s a song I can definitely see receiving some major air time as soon as the movie is released.
While most of the soundtrack is fast-paced and action-packed, there is a song or two that takes things down a notch. Fraternity Suite is actually quite eerie and you can just imagine the shocked look on Wes’ face as he is led in and introduced to Sloan. A choir sings some vocals in the background giving one the sense of being at a church – giving the Fraternity a sense of having some sort of divine purpose. Besides The Little Things, my favorite composition on the Wanted Soundtrack is Revenge. Even my friends agree that this is definitely a perfect action film track. The track is fast-paced with rocking guitar riffs and a great action-laced percussion tempo. You can close your eyes and picture this track being used as a perfect accompaniment to a car chase.
The Wanted Soundtrack is the perfect action film accompaniment. Danny Elfman did an excellent job in composing the musical score of this film. This soundtrack is definitely worth checking out. I recommend you play it in your car – loudly. Just try to avoid speeding as the music lifts the adrenaline levels to new heights.