THE STORY SO FAR:
Joseph: King of Dreams is an adaptation of the Old Testament story of one of Israel’s most important characters: Joseph, one of the thirteen sons of the patriarch, Jacob. As the Prince of Egypt told the story of a man in the who helped to liberate an entire nation, King of Dreams, tells the story of the man who brought the seeds of that very same nation to Egypt, some 400 years earlier.
|6.||Was It A Dream?||1:24|
|11.||In The Pit||0:40|
|15.||Potiphar and the Cat Chase||1:36|
|17.||Joseph Uncovers Deception||1:08|
|18.||“Whatever Road’s At Your Feet”||1:19|
|21.||Potiphar Imprison’s Joseph||0:55|
|23.||The Butler’s Dream||0:23|
|24.||The Baker’s Dream||0:18|
|27.||“Better Than I”||3:45|
|29.||Pharaoh Meets Joseph||1:18|
|30.||Pharaoh’s First Dream||0:44|
|31.||Pharaoh’s Second Dream||0:39|
|32.||Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams||0:41|
|34.||Joseph and Asenath||0:26|
|35.||“More Than You Take”||3:34|
|37.||Brothers Come To Egypt||0:55|
|38.||Revenge / Arrest Them||0:50|
|39.||They’re My Brothers||0:54|
|43.||Benjamin is Framed||1:49|
Pelfrey’s score is highly thematic, and he makes good use of these themes throughout the film. The orchestration of the music is rather similar to Zimmer’s work on the first film, and I think that comes from a subtle use of synthesizers mixed in with the orchestra. While he doesn’t quote any themes directly from The Prince of Egypt, Pelfrey does hint at a few of the styles that were so prominent in that film. The result is a score that is a brother to Zimmer’s score, which is ironic considering the subject matter of this film.
“Market Place” has pace and excitement with male voices and strong motor rhythms; and ethnic instruments lend an authentic North African flavor. “Potiphar imprisons Joseph” was another dramatic yet compassionate cue that impressed me while the next cue “Rats” is enough to send shivers up your spine. Another authentic sounding cue is “Pharaoh meets Joseph” with exotic instruments sounding an auspicious Pharaoh’s court backdrop.
Final Score: 86% – B –