Fellow citizens of the world, the moment you have all waited for is upon us: here’s volume 4 of our column “Soundtracks are Underrated“.
This time around, we bring you a review of the delightful soundtrack for “Theory of Everything“, carefully crafted by Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario, Prisoners, Arrival).
Theory of Everything is a movie about beating the odds. A story of fighting adversity and refusing to give up, no matter how bad those odds were. It is about the human desire to succeed, no matter how bad life gets.
Because of it, it’s only appropriate that the soundtrack alternates between solemn, somber tracks (Collapsing Inwards, Coma) and more hopeful ones (Cambridge, 1963 or The Wedding). Life isn’t always bad, just like it isn’t always great.
This is an album composed of 27 tracks only amounting to 49 minutes of music. Some songs – like Rowing – Alternative Version or The Voice Box – are less than a minute. Stylistically, this makes sense and accompanies the way the story is told on screen. Theory of Everything tells The Professor’s story over the course of more than 20 years, so it’s more of a montage of moments of his life than anything else.; little episodes that tell us of the many battles and challenges he met, without really dwelling for too long on how they played out.
Overall, this is a beautifully crafted soundtrack. Like the movie, it’s sensitive, hopeful and grounded. One thing to note though: if you get the Official Soundtrack (Amazon or Spotify) you will actually miss out on the two best songs that accompanied the movie (Arrival of the Birds and Transformation). I believe this is because the Official Soundtrack only includes Jóhann Jóhannsson’s songs whereas those two were performed by the Cinematic Orchestra for The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos – Soundtrack.