A great film can be ruined by a bad soundtrack. This is not the case with the music of Ruby Sparks. The musical accompaniment creates a fantastic emotional backdrop to the story of Calvin and his dream girl Ruby Sparks. Nick Urata’s score brings together moments of wonder and delight mixed with subtle undertones of dramatic melody.
We start off listening to some of the main ideas of Ruby Sparks, many of the themes, moments, and characters get their own melodies that carry through the rest of the soundtrack. “Creation” whose melodies continue to haunt the rest of the album feels like a light-hearted version of what you would hear in a Frankenstein film. Large and powerful scores of violins surround a melody that is born from the chaos. The short, abrupt beginning tracks of the soundtrack serve as a sort of introduction, pieces of a puzzle given to us so that we can use them to further understand the rest of score. “Ruby Sparks” a melody that appears constantly throughout the album is full of energy and hope with a soft foundation of conflict. Nick Urata combines the two flawlessly in a way that defines exactly how Ruby is on screen.
The french songs in the soundtrack blend well with Urata’s score. Their energy is through the roof with themes of hardship and pain hidden under the surface (behind those french lyrics). The french adds a fresh feel to the soundtrack. Using the songs to punctuate emotion and create a sense of joy.
As it continues the soundtrack uses it’s foundations and explores the world. It tells a story with it’s melodies that builds and builds. More and more aggravation and despair become apparent and abundant until at the end is a bursting point. It all falls apart. In pieces it regroups and becomes whole again.
This is what a good soundtrack sounds like.
4 Splashes out of 5