© 2014 Lawrence Tuczynski
|CD Label||WaterTower Music|
|Music Composed & Conducted by:||Alexandre Desplat|
|Number of tracks||20|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||May 13, 2014|
|Movie Release (U.S.)||May 16, 2014|
May 15, 2014 [Updated May 16, 2014]
I just received this CD on it's release two days ago and the movie doesn't open until tomorrow so this will be a preliminary review based on listening to the CD twice so far and reviewed as stand alone music and not how well it does or doesn't work in the film. I may update this review at a later date.
First of all the music is very good with several action pieces and seems fitting to the type of movie it was written for. That being said, none of the tracks jumps out and grabs me the way the early Akira Ifukube scores did. It seems to me that unlike many soundtracks from the 1950's and 1960's, many of today's soundtracks are nothing special and written precisely as background music without really complimenting and immersing you into the film as a joint venture. Listen to the original Akira Ifukube scores or the many Bernard Herrmann scores for films of that period or composers like Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry and many others to see what I mean. Until I see the film tomorrow I won't know how well the music works in the film. Since this film is a reboot of sorts for Godzilla during his 60th anniversary year I was a bit disappointed that Alexandre Desplat didn't at least give us one track with a few bars of familiar Ifukube Godzilla music as a homage to Mr. Ifukube and Godzilla in general.
One really nice thing is that you can pick up this soundtrack at Amazon.com for the new lower price of $9.99 making this soundtrack a bargain.
Update - May 16, 2014
Just got back from seeing the movie. WARNING POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
If you are a Godzilla fan, then go see this movie. Hollywood has finally gotten it almost right and it's immensely better than the 1998 GINO disaster. I can say that the soundtrack works well with the film. My opinion above about the CD as a standalone listening experience still stands. I am not a professional reviewer so the following is my opinion only. While I really enjoyed this film there are a few things I wish had been done a little differently.
Nit picking aside, there is a lot more to like than dislike in this film and hopefully this will be the beginning of a new franchise.
Godzilla (OST) [WTM39519]