It’s that time of year when I write a lot of posts about movies! This will be a quick one. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this fact on my blog, but I’m kind of a movie score connoisseur. I’m the person who tells my friends, whether they care or not, that the same person who composed the score to Forrest Gump also composed the score to Captain America (that’s Alan Silvestri). I have a favorite film composer, Thomas Newman, whose beautiful score was one of the many wonderful things about Saving Mr. Banks, a movie everyone should go see.
But for the past couple of days, I’ve been thinking a lot about Patrick Doyle, an underrated composer best known for scoring many of Kenneth Branagh’s films, although he’s done much more. Although Doyle has composed a few quiet, subtle scores, such as the piano-driven Sense and Sensibility soundtrack, he is at his best when he’s in his joyful and triumphant mode. For me, a movie score can be just as good as a rock concert for a fist-pumping, adrenaline-rushing moment, and when I want that, I often turn to Patrick Doyle. Here is a list of my top five life-affirming P. Doyle tracks. In most cases, the track I mention is at the very end of the movie.
1. “Merida’s Home” from Brave
2. “Thor Kills the Destroyer” from Thor
3. “Strike Up Pipers” from Much Ado about Nothing (1993) Note: Spotify lists the composer of this soundtrack as “David Snell.” This is base slander. I have no idea who David Snell is.
4. something from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I couldn’t pick a favorite track here; they are all great. I love “Hogwarts’ Hymn,” from the credits, but it’s not quite the “fist-pumping” experience I described above.
5. “Papa!” (starting about 1:30) from A Little Princess, which I only recently realized that Patrick Doyle scored.