Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Mastadge, Dec 10, 2005.
Unfocused seems to be a key theme to the production of this movie.
I wish Lalo Schifrin had done the score
As for Powell, I was really hoping for someone like Elliot Goldenthal who has a history of taking over the third film of franchises.
Because if the X-men franchise has been missing anything, it's painfully annoying brass.
I love Goldenthal and, now that I think about it, he might actually have been a really good choice for this project.
The reviews start to come in: [link=http://www.moviemusicuk.us/xmen3cd.htm]MMUK's review[/link].
Hmm, I tend to agree with most of Mr. Broxton's reviews, so while he didn't trash the score he didn't praise it either -- which also seems to be the opinion of the few people who have seen the film. I'll still pick it up though, especially since I've pretty much enjoyed the clips.
My copy's waiting for me at home, which means I won't get to listen to it for a month, but I look forward to it. If it's as busy as he says, it's probably the kind of thing I won't enjoy the first time, but once I've heard it a few times will grow on me as I decipher it.
just picked up the soundtrack today. favorite tracks areHTRing them for spoilers)
[hl=black]2) Bathroom Titles
18) Cure Wars
19) Fight In The Woods
20) St. Lupus Day
21) Building Bridges
22) Shock And No Oars
23) Attack On Alcatraz
25) The Battle of The Cure
26) Phoenix Rises
27) The Last Stand[/hl]
pretty much the last 10 tracks I thought are really good. I like the overall main theme for it to
Here's another review: [link=http://cinemusic.net/reviews/2006/xmen3.html]The Last Stand[/link]
Hopefully this will be waiting for me when I get home today.
I'm hopefully picking this up at Best Buy later today.
The clips are starting to sound better to me, especially after the Cinemusic review. I tend to agree with almost all their reviews.
I agree with them a lot, but I take their reviews of Brian Tyler's scores with a grain of salt -- the guy who writes them also runs Tyler's website and has an obvious bias (though it's not as apparent in his past few reviews of Tyler scores). . .
Well, I was able to listen to it twice last night, and I found it very enjoyable. There weren't any moments that just blew me away, but it was a solid listen. I do agree with the MMUK review in that the action cues are very busy, but I didn't find it too distracting or overbearing. I found the new themes to be quite nice and (thankfully) used frequently. There is also this short horn fanfare that I think is only used twice (Angel's Cure & The Last Stand) that for some reason really caught my ear.
Overall, I enjoyed Powell's score much more than either Kamen's or Ottman's and I can't for some more stuff from Powell.
That would explain why nearly all his scores seem to get nothing lower than 3.5 stars. Tyler's good, but not that good.
Side note: Stupid Best Buy didn't have X3.
With Best Buy, you should ALWAYS check their website to see if they hve what you need at the store you plan to go to. Their 'deployment' of merchandise can be really weird.
The score is very Elfmanish.
I saw the film last night, and I really didn't like the soundtrack at all. I really missed Ottman's theme from X2, as bland and unoriginal as it may have been.
The trilogy ends with yet another unremarkable score. It's only been a few hours and the main theme has already left my mind. Oh well... Here's hoping that the Magneto and Wolverine prequels fare better in this regard.
I have to disagree. The main theme, short though it is, and Phoenix's theme, are both very memorable to me. The only other theme that I can instantly recall is Ottman's main theme, but that was rather bland and unremarkable. I have trouble recalling Kamen's X-Theme, but his Logan and Rogue cue (I'd hardly call it a theme) is still my favorite of the saga. Powell has definitely created the most thematic score, however. I like it, though I have yet to hear in the context of the movie.
When it comes to the "fun-factor" that a superhero score is supposed to have, like Superman, Batman(89) and Spider-Man, I think this is the best in the series (as an album), and I'm sure it fits with the (obviously) larger than life antics of the film (haven't seen it yet). Big orchestra, chorals, even a spot (as mentioned) that recalls Williams' Superman. I agree there is nothing really memorable, a theme that will stick in your mind after the CD ends, but it's the most purely fun score I got this year.
I picked up the CD after seeing the movie for the second time yesterday, and I have to say that I like this one a lot more than the last two scores. I liked Michael Kamen's score, but I thought that John Ottman's was extremely lame (like his F4 score), but Powell's stuff has some bite to it.
I especially like "Dark Phoenix's Tragedy", as the music added that necessary oomph! to the scene it accompanied and gave me chills both times I saw the flick. Brilliant stuff. All of the action music featuring the choir and the music surrounding the Dark Phoenix was tops as well.
I agree. The soundtrack of the first two was very generic. Now this one is a masterpiece. It starts with the new main theme which is just awesome, then continues with Angel's theme which is even better and the highlight is defineatly "Dark Phoenix Tragedy"! It is so awesome. The scene in the movie is one of the most powerful (SPOILER WARNING) [hl=black]on-screen death[/hl] (END OF SPOILERS) I have ever seen, and this music is just perfect for the scene.
I bought the soundtrack the day after I have seen the movie, because the Phoenix theme haunted me
I love it. Best soundtrack since ROTS for me.
I love this soundtrack. The main theme is memorable to me. The pace of the soundtrack is just great.
Anyways, I enjoyed the movie too. Many may contest my opinion, but this is the best XMen Movie besides the being too short thing.
From listening to the score while watching the movie I found it very clichÃ©, just like the film itself.
The score is only ok as far as I'm concerned.
I haven't heard it in the film but on CD it has little focus, one good theme and a bunch of mediocre ones, and a very boring section of music early on.
Color me disappointed. And I usually love Powell's work.
Well, after seeing the film I can say that I definitely like the score more as a result. I'm just really disappointed that the film version of the Main Title didn't end up on the album. It's vastly better than the CD version.