"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"
Music By Atli Orvarsson
Milan Records MIL36644
18 Tracks/Disc Time: 48:08
After the success and adaptation of novels such as "Harry Potter", "Twilight", "Lord Of The Rings", and "The Hunger Games" to name a few, Hollywood studio have been trying to find a bankable franchise the would appeal to young children, adults and teens and rake in major cash and "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" based on the novels by Cassandra Clare is the latest to try to make a cash cow out of this franchise. The film stars rising star Lily Collins ("Mirror Mirror", "Abduction") who plays the novel's heroine, Clary Fray, a seemingly normal fun loving teen who discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.When Clary's mom, Jocelyn (Lena Headey, "300", "The Purge") disappears, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. The film was directed by Harald Zwart, who scored a major hits with the remakes "The Karate Kid" and "Pink Panther 2", will follow this film with the sequel to this film which is in the works.
After scoring the surprise hit, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" and the recent indie film "A Single Shot" starring Sam Rockwell along with the hit NBC series, "Chicago Fire" composer Atli Orvarsson is on a roll. The music for "Mortal Instruments" is pretty much a continuation of the work he did on "Hansel & Gretel" only much more thematic and classical in nature which is definitely a good thing. Starting with "Clarly's Theme", Orvarsson creates a grand and rather operatic theme for Lilly Collins' character complete with a full complimentary orchestra and choir, this piece sets the tone for the rest of the score as featured in the hard hitting and electric "The Clave's Curse", the tenderness of "Pretty Far From Brooklyn", the majestic and mysterious "The Mortal Cup" with a lovely choir and full blooded orchestra to push its' lushness, "She's Not A Mundane", which is in the vain of "The Mortal Cup" and just as potent and "You're A Morganstern".
Orvarsson also ramps up the action, tension and darkness with some fine inspired material that will remind most of "Hansel & Gretel" with tracks such as "J.C.", "The Angel Rune", featuring some distorted synthesizer effects not too dissimalar to "Demon Doll", "Where's The Cup" and the remix sonics of "Vampires And Werewolves", which is something aiken to what Hans Zimmer did with Superman and actually has a pretty cool musical beat to it, surprisingly.
Milan Records' album is a pretty good one and very enjoyable for what it is because it really doesn't make any bones about it. It is a lean, mean and awe inspired score that is Atli Ovarsson's fairy tale partner to "Hansel & Gretel" and that's where it really succeeds. It's safe to say that this score is slightly better than that score in terms of balance. Traditional soundtrack collectors will not like it, but those ardent fans of Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman and others, absolutely will. I will give this an above average recommendation because it is a very good score for what it is and really does show how far Ovarsson has come as a composer and things might be looking alot brighter in his camp.