A great movie has just gotten even better. Clint Eastwood has agreed to composing a new musical score for James C. Strouse’s Grace is Gone. According to The Envelope [via: HE], Clint Eastwood was so taken by the film which premiered at Sundance 2007, and was quickly snapped up by The Weinstein Co. Many people were calling it the best movie of this year’s festival. Eastwood’s score won’t be laid down “until close to the movie’s Oscar-season debut at the New York Film Festival in September.”
The movie follows a recently-widowed father and his two daughters on a road trip to Disneyland (or a Florida theme park much like it). John Cusack plays a father who is unable to tell his daughters about their Mother’s death in Iraq. And the knowledge of what the children don’t know hangs silently behind every scene. It’s a heart-wrenching film which has some relevant political undertones. In my mini-Sundance Review, I said that it was Cusack’s “best performance in years.” Some people have compared this to Little Miss Sunshine in the fact that it’s another little indie that will probably gain award recognition come early next year.
Eastwood has composed the score for Million Dollar Baby (nominated for a Golden Globe and a Grammy), Flags of Our Fathers (nominated for a Satellite Award), Mystic River and Space Cowboys. I personally think Mystic River is one of the best movie scores of the past 10-years.