Is it possible that The Matrix trilogy has one of the greatest film scores of all time and we all missed it? Yes! Now, find out why!
Film scores are often taken for granted. When the movie ends, we will talk incessantly about the characters, actors, plot, and special effects. We might even download whatever pop song was attached to the end credits; but how often do we notice the musical score? A movie’s score (the “background” music) is a key aspect of any film. Even when we notice it, we don’t always notice the strategy behind the arrangement and placement in the final film. This is the case with The Matrix trilogy.
The Matrix was released in March of 1999. Directed by The Wachowski Brothers (now known as Lana and Lilly Wachowski), the film starred Keanu Reeves, Carri-Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne. When released, audiences were blown away by the characters and special effects, but not a lot of attention was paid to the film’s score. Without the score, those cutting-edge scenes would still be impressive but not nearly as emotional. Music scores are meant to manipulate audiences and when done well, they go completely unnoticed. Don Davis, the composer, does not get enough nearly recognition for creating an almost perfect film score. His music fits every scene so perfectly, it’s hard to tell where the music begins and the visuals end.
Recently, the Sideways YouTube channel took a good long look at the film score of the three Matrix films and basically fan-boyed all over the video below. The result is a hyped up look at a masterful film score that continues to fly under the radar (it even goes unnoticed by film score junkies like me). To understand more about The Matrix trilogy score and the brilliance behind it, watch the video below: