Film Score Friday: Inception

This week’s film is gonna be fun! We’ve watched Inception with the girls before, but they were so confused halfway through! Now that they’re a couple years older, it’s a great time to re-watch it.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Music: Hans Zimmer

I love Christopher Nolan’s movies. There are so many twists and turns, and some confusion, but it’s all good in the end. There is a wonderful reality to Inception. Maybe it’s the cinematography. Maybe it’s the visual effects that make you feel like you are in a dream. But the music, in typical Hans Zimmer-fashion, is thrilling and imaginative.

It was hard for me to pick ONE track from the soundtrack to discuss…so I picked TWO (which was still difficult to do)!

First is “Dream is Collapsing.” This is an intense track that accompanies suspenseful sequences! The scene moves in slow motion, and you are quite literally on the edge of your seat watching everything play out! Suddenly, the brass fanfare gives deep punches to the gut to finish off the track.

Next is “Time.” This is the resolution. It’s time to wrap it all up and go on your way…but what does that mean? What comes next? There is a sense of achievement and hopefulness that goes along with the final scenes in the movie…along with uncertainty.

Of these two tracks, “Time” (to me) is typical Hans Zimmer. It’s epic. It’s emotional. It’s triumphant. What’s great about the soundtrack is that the tracks aren’t scene-specific. They reoccur throughout the movie because they each carry a different theme. Altogether, the score is as imaginative as the film.

Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan have collaborated 6 times. They are definitely one of my favorite team-ups!

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