Soundtrack Review: Blue Planet II

Soundtrack Review: Blue Planet II

Blue Planet II Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Blue Planet II by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & David Fleming.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 91.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 43.9
Album Excellence: 61.9%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Blue Planet II is a 2017 British nature documentary television series narrated and presented by naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The series was announced by the BBC in 2013 with the working title Oceans, but the title was later changed to Blue Planet II on 19 February 2017. Filming took place over a course of more than four years; involving 125 expeditions across 39 countries and produced more than 6,000 hours of underwater dive footage from over an estimated 4000 dives. The scoree is composed by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & David Fleming.

Like last year’s excellent Planet Earth II, Hans Zimmer is on board helping to score another great documentary television series, this time with Jacob Shea who was involved with Planet Earth II and David Fleming who was not. I remember it as a very nice score and even better television series. It is exciting though to dive into the deep blue oceans once more and bask in the visual and auditory experience which hopefully will deliver yet again. Whenever Zimmer’s name appears though you have to ask yourself what he actually composed and it’s the same case here. Is it just the themes or was he more involved with everything? As the saying goes though, if the music is great it doesn’t really matter, not to me at least. The score opens with the title cue ‘The Blue Planet’ and as subtle the music might be, it’s wide open and wonderful. Some would say it’s your typical Zimmer-ish theme and I wouldn’t say they were wrong. It’s why they pay him the big bucks and why we love Zimmer so much. It really is a show, and Zimmer is certainly a showman. The theme buries itself deep in my brain as the choir and the huge strings keep on coming in waves, just like the big blue ocean. Wonderful.

Say what you will, but there’s something primal about Zimmer’s music. It’s so simple, yet buries itself in our consciousness, like a musical bug. The themes resonates with me and they make me so emotional. It’s the same here. Zimmer might not have scored everything himself, but it’s a Zimmer score with bells and whistles. Waves, that’s a real thing by the way, in the music I mean. You notice it hear as well as the music, the ostinatos comes in waves, getting strong each time. It’s something that Zimmer uses in almost every score and I don’t think I’ll never tire of it. When this score is celebrating the oceans, the happy sides of it, the composing trio truly excels in bringing out the range of emotions in the music. The heroic ‘Surfing Dolphins’ for example. It starts off good, but ends in a massive and wonderful finale that celebrates almost everything I love about film music. I swear I almost teared up and maybe I did. This is that kind of score. It’s not only celebrating our blue planet, but it’s celebrating life itself and great music alongside it. You don’t want to miss this even if there are cues you may want to skip, particularly the comedic ones, but when it is allowed to breathe and just play with beautiful and magical music, it’s well worth anyone’s time.

1. The Blue Planet *
2. Family Theme *
3. Surfing Dolphins *
4. Abyssal Plain
5. Mobula Rays
6. Race To Feed
7. Albatross Flight
11. Humboldt Squid
12. A Forest Awakens
13. Scavengers Of The Deep
16. Baby Turtle
19. Walrus – The Right Piece Of Ice

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Blue Planet II, 8.6 out of 10 based on 5 ratings


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