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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is another heroic score by genre-skipping composer Harry Gregson-Williams.
Harry Gregson-Williams is something of a genre polymath when it comes to composition. Having scored the soundtracks for the Metal Gear Solid series of video games, he seems equally happy working on the small screen as he does working on blockbuster movies like Shrek, Prometheus and this first movie instalment in the series of adaptations of C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia.
Appropriately, there's almost a quasi-religious quality to HG-W's music here, but it's tempered with all the fantastical bluster you might expect from a blockbuster featuring a talking lion. It's to his credit, too, that the temptation to make the soundtrack sound too serious is avoided, given the source material. In its entirety, this is an accomplished score, sweeping in scope and with enjoyable detail throughout.