SOUNDTRACK REVIEW- Captain America: Civil War

Henry Jackman surprised me. Whether that’s in a good way I’m still not sure. Considering what he did the last time he took composing reigns over Marvel’s iconic character, I wasn’t expecting much this time around. However, he must’ve heard everyone who said his score stunk on Winter Solider, so he turned a complete 180. Instead of overdoing on synth, he overdoes the patriotic horns and Alan Silvestri-esque themes. What we end up with is something that sounds similar to Brian Tyler’s work on past Marvel films as well as Silvestri’s. Not that it’s bad, but…I wish I could love it.

The majority of the score’s full of patriotic-sounding motifs and drums usually found in a Patrick Doyle composition. Hints of The Avengers theme are tacked onto the end credits song. A slow, sad tune plays underneath all the noise. Brass, strings, and choir are all fully present. All of this should make me smile, and yet…

I cannot tell it was composed by Jackman, which is my major problem. This could’ve been a collaboration between Doyle, Silvestri, and Tyler, or any one of those three separately. Jackman’s trying too hard to prove he can compose a “Marvel score”. Funny enough, its almost exactly what he did with the last film: he tried too hard to make something different from the “Marvel score” and it flopped.

The whirring strings, the loud brass, the obligatory BWAHHH’s- we’ve all heard them before a hundred times over. If Jackman really wanted to surprise us, perhaps add a little bit of what made his Winter Solider work so distinctive back into this just to give us an indication of who composed this thing. Oh wait, he did- for about half a track where the music actually sounds distinctive and original! However, one decent half- track isn’t going to balance out the whole and such is the case with this score.

Captain America: Civil War isn’t a bad score but, save for rare brief flashes of originality, is a shockingly generic superhero film score. It’s better than Winter Solider, but against all the other scores in the MCU it can’t find or hold it’s own distinct voice.

FINAL RATING: 2.8/5

Advertisements

One thought on “SOUNDTRACK REVIEW- Captain America: Civil War

  1. Just finished watching the film Civil War and really enjoyed the score. I would have liked Jackman to expand on the motifs but nevertheless, it holds my interest. As for Winter Soldier, I thought the score was fantastic so much so that I looked for and came across the Hans-Zimmer.com site and was able to listen to the full nine minute theme and found it awesome that now it’s embedded in my iPod. I checked the reviews of Winter Soldier and surprised that critics didn’t like but interestingly enough, the audience/fans do. Thanks goodness for that,

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s