Welcome to another emotionally charged period drama original score. This week we’re throwing it back to Joe Wright’s Atonement, original score by Dario Marianelli. There are a lot of mixed feelings about this movie given most of what happens, but we’ve yet to encounter someone who’s a fan of such scores say that Atonement‘s isn’t among their favorites.
It’s the way that two seconds into the “The Half Killed” or “Rescue Me” or “Farewell” where I can just feel the tears coming in. But “The Half Killed”–the entirety of it is magic, but what happens 1:15 minutes in is probably one of the most glorious musical gut punches of our time. If I felt less, I might be able to talk about it more, but nearly 15-years-later and it’s one of the tracks that will instantly bring in the goosebumps. And every single time too.
Dario Marianelli’s scores easily and often land on our lists of favorites, but there is something about the Atonement score that’s just so moving and indescribable the only words we can say are, if you have yet to listen to it, get on it now.
It’s not just the tracks listed above, they are all so transcendent, so beautifully composed, you’ll leave on replay for hours while working. It’s what we do.
Gissane (pronounced Geese-enny) or, as people often call her, "Goose," is a Christ fan above all and a romance enthusiast who's taken her Master's degree in English and love for essays into writing lengthy analyses about pop culture.
She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Marvelous Geeks Media and the co-host of Lady Geeks' Society Podcast. She drinks too much coffee, wants to live in a forest, and cries a lot because of her favorite characters. She's a member of The Cherry Picks and can also be found writing features for MovieWeb and Looper.