by the Groovy Yak
Wisdom is the least enjoyable Danny Elfman
musical endeavor that I've ever heard- completely bizarre, completely
electronic, and completely 80's. Wisdom is a modern-day Robin Hood/Bonnie
and Clyde movie. Estevez and Demi Moore star.
I have to hand it to Danny, though. This
score is quite inventive. Elfman uses an orchestra of samples to score
Emilo Estevez's quite dull directorial debut. I'm not sure whose idea
it was to have a completely electronic score, though I have an idea it
was the studio. Danny Elfman was relatively new to the world of filmscoring
and this was also Emilio's first time in a director's chair, so I'm sure
execs. were worried. By using all-electronics, the studio doesn't have
to pay an orchestra.
So, what basically Wisdom is composed of
is 100's of samples, layered on top of each other. There's the bass ostinato-
percussion or some sort of non-tonal sound, then there's interplay between
lots of exotic and less-than-enjoyable synth sounds. It's that way for
almost every track! There's lots of strange voices, high metallic noises,
and lots of my favorite electronic instrument- cheesy electronic piano.
(That's sarcasm!) This score is just too outdated for the late 90's.
The complex rhythms and strange sounds
are enjoyable for about 10 seconds, but I have to say that I respect Elfman's
inventiveness and his experimenting with polyrhythms. It's a score that's
interesting, but definitely not something that you'd play over and over
again. It's just not a good representation of Elfman's talent. I have
a dubbed copy of this score, and that is definitely all I need.
SFT's review is being updated.
Rating (as heard on CD): ** 1/2