The Young Messiah
Musical Score By: John Debney
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The Young Messiah is a biblical drama film based on the novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice. When Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal) returns to Nazareth from Egypt with his family, the seven-year-old must come to grips with the truth of his life. Turning to his parents for answers, Mary (Sara Lazzaro) and Joseph (Vincent Walsh) are afraid to reveal all they know about the Son of God. And then, there is the added difficulty of teaching the Teacher and helping the Savior who has been sent to help you. The movie follows the journey of Jesus and his family as they make their journey from Egypt to Nazareth and, later, Jerusalem, on their way to revealing Jesus’ true identity and achieving his destiny.
The musical score of The Young Messiah was created by Award-winning composer John Debney, son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney. Beginning with guitar lessons at the age of six, Debney ventured out into the music world playing in rock bands while in college. He began his scoring career with television series like Star Trek: The Next Generation, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Sea Quest DSV. In 1993, Debney scored his first feature film – Hocus Pocus – and the rest is history. His vast scoring resumé includes The Princess Diaries, Elf, Spy Kids, The Passion of Christ, Hatfields & McCoys, Houdini, Draft Day, Stonehearst Asylum and more.
The score created by John Debney is orchestral with Middle Eastern accents to denote the film’s locale. This begins in the very first track, The Young Messiah, which features stings and Middle Eastern instruments, and is woven through a number of tracks, particularly when Jesus heals others. The music is quite beautiful, especially in those tracks created to depict the relationship between Jesus and his parents.
I found The Young Messiah Soundtrack to be quite a soothing experience. There is something about the exotic elements mixed with the orchestral and the reverence with which they were combined that make this score so enjoyable. I have not seen the movie, but have no doubt that the music enhances the drama experienced on the big screen. I also believe that the music is so enjoyable as to make for an excellent standalone album for any fan of beautiful film scores. Definitely one for the must-listen list!