the Best Original Scores of the year are still outstanding:
Avatar (James Horner)
The score for this epic film is appropriately grand when called for, but the softer themes are quite nice as well. Woodwinds and strings support the astonishing beauty of the jungle, while brass and heavy percussion dominate in the presence of the invading humans.
The Informant! (Marvin Hamlisch)
The two very distinct styles employed by Hamlisch for this film are actually a very clever evocation of character, and indeed, the film's major plot point. The cheesiness of it is just so enjoyable, its what makes The Informant! a memorable film.
Ponyo (Joe Hisaishi)
The lovely melodies of this score swirl and flow like the sea itself, giving us a rich musical mosaic as colourful as the visuals. The bombast of the full orchestra amps up the excitement during the films dazzling set pieces, and the delicate piano compositions fill out the emotional scenes beautifully.
Up (Michael Giacchino)
While not on the same level as his exceptional work on
Where the Wild Things Are (Karen O & Carter Burwell)
The dulcet acoustic tones of Karen O (combined with the efforts of Carter Burwell) give this film a completely unique voice. The music as more character than any you'll here this year, and the film benefits immeasurably from it.
Sherlock Holmes, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Bright Star, An Education.