Another strong score, for
the psychological thriller genre, from Jerry Goldsmith, and containing
one of the composer's most beautiful main themes. Goldsmith introduces
it by way of a child's electronic keyboard, the use of which
has significance later in the movie. The cue then transforms
into a gorgeous choral rendition of the theme (Main Title),
combining London voices with harp, keyboards and strings to produce
the score's highlight cue.
The second cue (A Lift Home) is noteworthy for being a
beautifully judged piece for a dialogue sequence between Pullman's
character and his wife, played by Nicole Kidman. Scoring dialogue
must be one of the most difficult elements of any score, but
Goldsmith displays a keen sensitivity with a perfectly restrained
piece for strings, delicately punctuated with keyboards. The
mood of this cue is carried into the next (No friends)
as Goldsmith develops a more melancholy rendition of his theme
for strings and piano.
The suspense elements of the story pickup in both With Malice
and The Handyman. Here electronics enter the fray,
with synth drums and a ticking synth effect, joined by trembling
strings. The latter cue builds steadily before the music erupts
in a crescendo of drums, brass and strings as the killer is apprehended.
Clues kicks off the second part of the movie as Bill Pullman's
character tails Baldwin's Doctor. Goldsmith provides a lengthy
cue developing his main theme into a lively chase cue of sorts,
while synth drums give the cue further momentum supported by
high strings, building to a dramatic brass statement, as Pullman's
character realises he's been betrayed.
Goldsmith closes the score with a 10 minute finale for the final
confrontation between Pullman's Husband and Nicole Kidman's psychotic.
As with earlier cues this is a slow burner combining menacing
strings, synth drums and effects, but is now joined by deep powerful
brass statements for the action, notable by a final crescendo
featuring a Rosenman style pyramid. With the story resolved Goldsmith
finishes with a warm but down beat variation of his theme for
strings and keyboards, before the chorus returns for the end