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The Sunday Score: Gone Baby Gone (2007)


This week’s selection is from the brilliant 2007 motion picture, “Gone Baby Gone.”

Opening titles that can evoke a specific mood are a rare find these days. It just isn’t the trend anymore to bathe the audience in a piece of extended scoring that sets the tone appropriately, eschewing the burden of drama for a moment to build musically, letting the viewer arrive at a cinematic location through the senses, not direct explanation.

Ben Affleck’s eye-opening directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” didn’t have much in the budget for credit design magic, instead commencing with carefully selected shots of dispirited Boston neighborhoods and a sensitive, bleak theme from composer Harry Gregson-Williams to tie it all together. It was a promise of grief and isolation the film would thoroughly live up to. In a film of astounding competency, starting the film with this emotive theme music was Affleck’s finest decision. 

If you haven’t seen “Gone Baby Gone,” my thoughts are here, and its rightful place as an Orny Award winner is here.

The film’s trailer:


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