This Alexandre Desplat score was unfairly passed over for the Best Soundtrack gong at the Oscars. It’s a lovely score: light and airy, but not insubstantial – think creamy butter spread onto a scone.
With a simple piano melody and just a whisp of strings, Desplat manages to convey the restrained angst and regal grandeur of the film’s hero. This ability to convey character musically is Desplat’s great strength.
He has also created what many film composers think they can do without – a hummable, catchy melody in the title track.