- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: varese sarabande
- ASIN: B0000639BZ
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Before seeing THE TIME MACHINE I had never heard of Klaus Badelt but now I'm looking forward to hearing much more of his work.
I really enjoyed the film, cheesey, fun with definite flaws but I was very aware of how powerful the music was and how it really helped to flesh out much of the movie. The early cues have somewhat of a James Horner vibe to them but are bursting with originality and strong themes unlike alot of Horner's most recent work.
'Emma', 'Wish me Luck' and 'Bleeker Street' all contain a sweet motif, very romantic and pretty which turn tragic to mirror events onscreen. The score then turns more heroic as Alex uses his Time Machine to look for answers to his questions. Badelt has created an incredibly majestic theme to accompany the amazing time travel sequences which makes me want to jump up and clap, reminiscent in style to James Newton Howard's score for 'Dinosaur'. The themes for the Eloi are wonderful, ethnic instrumentals mixed with tribal vocals that are sad, heartbreaking, heartwarming and uplifting all at the same time, a pretty amazing feat.
Later cues blend the main themes with more frantic paced and percussive music, cues such as 'Morlocks Attack' and 'Where the Ghosts Are' are quite ominous and have their dark moments. 'Master' is the only jarring note for me, a Hans Zimmer-esque cue filled with thumping synth and electronic samples that can hardly be heard onscreen but on it's own seems out of place amongst the more evocative orchestral pieces. Finally 'Godspeed' brings the score full circle to accompany the bittersweet farewell onscreen and finishes off with a lovely flourish from the choir which leaves you with a big contented smile.Read more ›
Of course the Morlocks, being the villains, get a pretty good theme themselves. While much of it is slow, heavy, and ominous, track 11, "Morlock Attack", is some of the most exciting music of any score I've heard. The use of vocals helps to emphasize the otherworldly nature of the underground dwellers. A quicker, brass version of Hartdegen's theme mixes with that of the Morlocks as he has an encounter with one of the more persistent members of their species.
By far some of the best music is that associated with the time machine and time travel itself, although to really appreciate it one has to see the film to understand exactly what's going on and why the music works so well. As the world around Hartdegen and his time machine changes at an incredible pace the music builds, finally reaching its most dramatic heights when the Professor's quaint New York of the early 1900's rises up into an early to mid-21st century metropolis.
"The Time Machine" proves that Badelt is more than capable of producing a memorable score which does more than simply accompany the special effects. The music is at times inspiring, exciting, sometimes eerie, and always befitting of the movie. Why haven't we heard from Badelt before?
All of the songs are emotionally amazing and beautifully arragned. I had never heard of Klaus Badelt before, but now his name is etched into my memory for future scores. My favorite tracks are "Bleeker Street" because the emotion is so apparent in it, along with "I Don't Belong Here," which I have deemed the main theme because it recurrs so many times. "Eloi" is also good with the ethnic music, and "Godspeed" really captures it all together.
My advice is if you are an avid collector of movie soundtracks as I am, this CD should be part of your collection. Every song his wonderful to listen to, which is a rarety.
Personally, I believe that a movie is made of 3 parts:
1--The Story and who wrote it: 25% The story is always important because it's the skeleton of the film. A good story will attract viewers. And more people will go to see a movie written by the man who wrote the 6th Sense than a no namer who's unheard of.
2--The Actors and how well they act: 25% Acting is an art because it has to be believeable. If the actors can do that, more power to the movie. Also, more people will go to see a film staring Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise than a bunch of no namers, just the same for the story.
3--The Music and who scores it:50% The music is the most important part of a movie. It connects those bonds between the characters and the situations. Imagine watching a movie without music. It would be pretty boring, even if the writer is good, the story is good, and the acting is good, it will not have the same impact as the it would with the music. It connects everything.
With "The Time Machine," I loved the reworking of H.G. Wells' classic by his great-grandson, and Guy Pearce did a wonderful job, but Klaus Badelt really made the movie for me. This is a must buy.