Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Movie Score Mania: Pacific Rim

Ramin Djawadi

I honestly haven't watched Pacific Rim since I saw it in theaters when it first came out. I even own the Blu-ray. I just haven't felt like watching it. Not saying it was bad, there just hasn't been that urge to re-watch it again.  I love director Guillermo Del Toro's work and loved this movie but, I don't know something was missing from it but wasn't missing was a truly epic score.

The score composed by Ramin Djawadi was fantastic. He also scored Iron Man and Game of Thrones. So, it's no wonder this score is so damn epic.

It's not exactly what you'd expect from a Del Toro film but then Pacific Rim isn't really what you'd expect from the director of such films like Pan's Labyrinth, Mimic, and Hellboy. The music is composed of all these different elements just like the film itself. 

Much of it sounds like a riff on the Godzilla theme. Which works perfect here considering Godzilla is one of the major influences on the monster vs mech film. There are high orchestral pieces which sound very much like the classic monster theme. The score is not afraid to show you it's roots.

On some other tracks, guitars and what sounds like synths take over. There's a bit of an 80's feel on a lot of the songs but it totally works within the context of the film. The film has so many influences though that it's a bit hard to keep track and the score is true in that nature. It's a bit jumbled at times but it's all enjoyable. 

Like I said I enjoyed the film a lot but I Del Toro just needed to make this film to get all these ideas out of his head so the composer Djawadi probably was at a lost when making the score. That's probably the biggest fault in this otherwise fun film and score. There are just too many things going on but don't let that hold you back from enjoying it. 

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