Just before the weekend, director Matt Reeves revealed the whole musical theme for Batman. While heard in thunderous clips in recent trailers, the whole piece by the composer of the film Michael Giacchin is great. Because as “gloomy and gloomy”As people called Robert Pattinson’s upcoming play about the Dark Knight, it’s not as rigid as you’d think, it exudes light and a bit of longing that also seems thrown out of Batman: Animated series. It reminds you that not only is Giacchino one of the best composers we have today, but also how good musical themes for specific characters can be when they are allowed to really exist.
When the genre offering was relatively new and when it started from scratch, you seemed to be able to easily identify the theme of the character. Several of them can be attributed to heavy attackers like Danny Elfman and John Williams, the latter of whom never seems to miss. Williams has a great resume behind him Indiana Jones and Superman to Jurassic Park and even Harry Potter. Alan Silvestri is also in the same sphere, even if it seems like his the Avengers the theme is often broken at the knees before it can build its great triumph. It really only hits during the loan Endgame, because it is played as a celebration of the original cast and does not struggle to be noticed while the heroes are standing in poses from action movies. The last few years have been great songs from Ramin Djawadi, Bear McCrearyi Natalie Holt. But in general, themes of character, and even just strong musical themes in general, seem like an afterthought.
This is especially true in the case of superhero movies. Beyond perhaps Captain America and Ant-Man’s music by appropriate composers Henry Jackman and Christophe Beck, Marvel movies don’t really have themes, and Thor and the Guardians are quite famously relying on ’70s and’ 80s rock to stand out as a replacement. And while I’m not going to turn down a good single from a rock band or pop star like that from time to time Poison 2 a song I listened to so during 2021, these bombastic superhero movies can’t just be held on needles and hoping fans of their scene will make it “epic” in redesigned videos on Twitter and YouTube.
Which is not to say that there are no good topics today. Ludwig Göransson has done a great job in recent years, mostly with Star Wars. Topics for Mandalorac and Bob Fett’s book are icons in themselves, and he deserves the props for showing restraint in choosing to allow his work to speak for itself instead of relying on the old music of the franchise that runs it. As hot and cold as people are, I really like the theme of Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL for Wonderful woman, mostly because only Tina Guo loses her damn mind on that electric cello. (Ancient music of mourning is, in addition to being an excellent meme, much more expressive than it should be.) And as has been said many times, Daniel Pemberton killed him for In Spider-Verse the result, giving us something we’ve never gotten in a superhero movie before.
For science fiction and fantasy, music is just as important as the visual elements, even if you don’t fully understand it at the moment. If you have other characters and music themes that you are a fan of, post them in the comments below.
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