Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was not a mixed bag; I thought it pretty much knocked it out the park in every way. Michael Giacchino’s score, unfortunately, is the very definition of a mixed bag. I love Giacchino’s other work including Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Incredibles, but his work on Dawn has two sides. On one hand, you have the powerful apes theme (showcased in track 3: “The Great Ape Processional”) and wonderful action queues (like the seven and a half-minute “Gorilla Warfare”). These are both high notes and are memorable and worth listening to. On the other hand, most of the other music sounds a lot of Giacchino’s LOST music. Through the calm piano and strings you can choose whether you want to picture Caesar and his family OR Hurley eating a jar of ranch dressing. It’s very reminiscent of the end-of-episode beach scenes that filled many of the non-mind-blowing episodes of LOST.
Giacchino usually sets a very high bar with movie scores, but this one falls into trap that many modern film scores do. They only set up a theme or two and the rest of the music is only there to set a mood and to facilitate the emotion. Some may say that’s the purpose of movie scores, but I like a little more identity to them.
If you’re a fan of Giacchino’s other work, you should check this out, but there isn’t much here beyond 3 or 4 tracks for the casual fan.
(If you’d like to hear some additional commentary on the soundtrack, check out our recent APES themed episode of the LEAGUECAST!)
The DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Original Soundtrack recording is currently available on digital platforms (Itunes, Amazon) and will be released on CD on July 29.
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