I’m inclined to say that Prometheus could have benefited from a strong score. Although I do believe there were segments in there without music that were perfectly great the way they were. This was the only memorable motif from the film, but it was a good one.

Into the West

If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, you must know this song. It’s played during the credits of The Return of the King, and it sure is fitting. Take a listen, even if you’ve never watched or read the Lord of the Rings, and imagine sailing off across the sea into lands unknown…

V for Vendetta

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” – V

In a gripping tale of romance, treason, and action, V for Vendetta reveals a world that is strikingly reminiscent of our own. V for Vendetta warns society of the dangers in blindly giving up their liberty for protection from a governing body. The only thing as incredible as the plot and theme is the music.

The film weaves into its plot a few famous pieces: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (and Yakety Sax, if you so please). On top of that, Dario Marianelli has done some very clever major/minor theme changes I quite enjoyed while watching the film. A bit reminiscent of Beethoven, actually.

For example, during this speech, the subject of the speech is well mirrored by the music that accompanies it.

Taken directly from the soundtrack. Listen for more of the major/minor changes in the beginning.


We’re currently in the middle of our Civil War unit in our U.S. History class, and we began watching Glory. I’ve seen it once before in 7th grade, but only now did I notice the great soundtrack. I went home and found out that James Horner was the composer! What a glorious (pun intended) soundtrack.

Colors of the Wind

Some may think Disney is only for small children. While I can understand why that would be reasonable for their movies, but their music is not only ageless, but also timeless. It reaches across cultures and can really carry meaningful messages for the young, the old, the rich, the poor…

We mentioned Pocahontas briefly in our U.S. History class, and I was immediately reminded of this song. It fits the above description quite well, I’d say.