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Fantastic 5* film, with a lack lustre soundtrack.
on 2 April 2014
I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe which includes the fantastic contributions to its musical backdrop provided by wonderful composers:
However I feel Henry Jackman has dropped the ball with his soundtrack to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. His one saving grace is that he managed to work in a very small part of the Captain America fanfare from The First Avenger score by Alan Silvestri.
The problem with this soundtrack is it didn't grab me the way the punchy vibe of Iron Man 3 did, or the heroic feel that I get from the Avengers Assemble score or the powerful guitar riffs in Iron Man 2 (notably during the Monaco Grand Prix Suitcase suit up sequence in the film!)
The scores to all of the other Marvel films really evoke the feeling and power of a scene when listened to independently of the film, I'm sorry to say Henry's score doesn't work on the same level it's all too bland and on the same level, there aren't any dramatic rises and falls in the score nothing stands out.
Some might say that Marvel has shifted tone with Captain America: The Winter Soldier in terms of its storytelling and I would agree, the film is great and really opens up a lot of possibilities going into Avengers: Age of Ultron next year it is just a shame the score feels like it could have come from any old been there done that car chase type film.
I think it is quite telling that this soundtrack doesn't even have a CD release optioned and is only available as an MP3 download, something which irks soundtrack collectors like myself.
Fingers crossed the score for Guardians of the Galaxy in August is a return to form for the Marvel Cinematic Universe soundscape.