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The soundtrack to the film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn is brought to life by composer John Williams. Williams is a well-known composer whose work has graced various popular films like the Star Wars franchise, the Harry Potter franchise and Jaws. He’s won various awards for his scores, including five Oscars.
The movie follows Tintin, his dog Snowy, and Captain Haddock on an adventure where they try to find out what happened to the treasure from a ship called the Unicorn. This soundtrack was nominated for an Oscar for the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score in 2012. It features 18 tracks, some of which are lively and quick, but all encompass the feeling of adventure found in the movie.
The first track, “The Adventures of Tintin,” is one of my favorites. It has a sense of adventure, danger, and fun all wrapped into one upbeat mix. “Snowy’s Theme” is bouncy and fun. “The Secret of the Scrolls” has a winding sound, it’s very pretty. “Introducing the Thompsons and Snowy's Chase” is bouncy and fast-paced at times, and it definitely sounds like chase music.
“Marlinspike Hall” is darker, with a sense of mystery and anticipation throughout. The next two songs, “Escape from the Karaboudjan” and “Sir Francis and the Unicorn” are upbeat, quick, and full of excitement. “Captain Haddock Takes the Oars” is full of adventure and fits the character. “Red Rackham’s Curse and the Treasure” is the longest track at just over 6 minutes, but it’s not one that sticks out while listening to the album.
“Capturing Mr. Silk” has a playful, upbeat vibe. It’s one of my favorites on the album. “The Flight to Bagghar” is fast-paced, but not very memorable. “The Milanese Nightingale” is a beautiful, short song with a French flare. “Presenting Bianca Castafiore" is a number featuring opera singer Renee Fleming. “The Pursuit of the Falcon” is another action packed adventure song. “The Captain’s Counsel” is a bit quieter than the previous songs, but there’s still a bouncy undertone throughout.
“The Clash of the Cranes” is very energetic, full of anticipation and excitement. “The Return to Marlinspike Hall and Finale” possesses a sound similar to many previous songs on album. It’s really a great way to end. “The Adventure Continues” is upbeat and reminiscent of the first song.
Overall the album is full of delightful songs ranging from adventurous to playful. The entire album flows well and has a similar feeling throughout. The album is appealing with songs full of adventure and excitement. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn soundtrack suits the film well and helps the audience feel as if they are on an adventure with Tintin.