Tuesday, May 12, 2009
John Boorman, visionary director of such classics as Deliverance, Exorcist II: The Heretic, and Zardoz (get the soundtrack here), really let his medieval freak-flag fly in the brutal 1981 epic Excalibur. The score, composed mostly by Trevor Jones (right) but also featuring pieces by Wagner and Carl Orff, is every bit as majestic and beautiful as the film itself, featuring many a powerful moment of fleeting grandeur and intense orchestration. Bringing to mind other masterpieces such as Basil Poledouris' soundtrack to Conan The Barbarian, this one is perfect for just about any situation, whether you are riding into battle on the back of a mighty steed or just enjoying a quiet evening at home playing D&D.
Sorcery, swordfights, princesses, and quests to retrieve magical weapons from lakes. What could possibly suck about that?