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5.0 out of 5 stars
Super score for a super film, 25 Jun. 2010
The film is not to everyone's taste: profanity, violence, vulgarity (and that's all from a ten year-old girl). But the strange mix of the sincere and the subversive that make this film are evident in this score. It is a collaborative effort from a range of excellent composers - John Murphy (28 Days Later), Henry Jackman (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Da Vinci Code), Danny Elfman (any Tim Burton film), Marius Vries (Rufus Wainwright's producer) - yet the eclectic composition does not greatly hinder the effectiveness of the album as a film score - in fact the combination of genre in the film necessitates this. From the bathos of the rousing first track (The Armenian Superhero) it is easy to identify the irony that accompanies much of this music. This is emphasised all the more with the surprise appearance of The Battle Hymn of the Republic (A Punch In The Chest).
The main motif (Flying Home/True Identity et al.) is exactly what one expects from a superhero film - uplifting, blaring brass and sweeping strings. It tries to quell the dichotomy of the film, the struggle between superhero movie and parody, in its authenticity and largely succeeds.
A few tracks are reworkings of already popular film scores; so, for example, 'Strobe' is 'Adagio in D Minor' from the film Sunshine and 'Big Daddy Kills' is 'In the House - In A Heartbeat' from 28 Days Later. But they work perfectly.
The score is not, perhaps, the best as a standalone album, partly due to the collaborative and, therefore, slightly scatty nature of the music, but many of the tracks are enjoyable to listen to without the visuals and, accompanying the film, the tone is pitched perfectly to produce an enjoyable balance between the sublime and the ridiculous.