Danny Elfman's Alice in wonderland
It’s no surprise when you find out Tim burtons making a new film to hear that Johnny depp and Danny Elfman are going to be involved. Danny Elfman has worked alongside Burton in the majority of his films, with Batman being the one that may stand out in your mind.
Their latest remake of Alice in wonderland the fantasy adventure of 19 year old alice, is said to be questionable, myself... well I rather enjoyed the visuals regardless of the storyline. Danny Elfman’s orchestral sound Track takes you on Epic journey, allowing you to visualise the emotions captured throughout the film.
The track “Drink me” begins in a mystical sense with chimes and strings creating anticipation to work with the scene. The track begins to build up around 1minute 56seconds near the end of track with more musicals layer being added, this is a common occurrence throughout the soundtrack.
“Bandersnatched” there is a bit more happening here, the piece sounds a lot fuller than a lot of the other tracks with the use of brass and strings in this piece which emphasises that villainous feel, and you can imagine yourself walking down a dark alley with a shadow chasing you closely behind.
Whilst there have been accusations of this soundtrack being a “one note affair throughout” and that its “too dark” for the Walt Disney classic, I believe Elfman has cleverly intended for the tracks to fade into one another to keep the emotions rolling throughout entirety of the film. Too dark, no I don’t believe so, for anyone who has seen the film, you will know it’s not a classic fairy tale, and would you expect it to be when recreated by Tim Burton? Darkness is implied where due.
Overall Elfman has complemented Tim Burtons work greatly once again and captured the emotions of each scene; however this soundtrack is not for those who are not musically minded, as it’s not something you’d listen to everyday unless in wonderland.