Soundtrack Review: Chips

Soundtrack Review: Chips

Chips Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Chips by Fil Eisler.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 88.9
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 22.9
Album Excellence: 57.3%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Chips is a 2017 American action comedy buddy cop film directed by Dax Shepard and starring Michael Peña, Dax Shepard & Vincent D’Onofrio. It is based on the 1977 television series of the same name created by Rick Rosner. Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a former motorbike rider who’s trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky, undercover FBI agent who’s investigating a multimillion dollar heist that may be an inside job. Forced to work together, the inexperienced rookie and hardened veteran begin clashing instead of clicking while trying to nab the bad guys. The score is composed by Fil Eisler.

I’ve never seen the original Chips, but there has been many volumes of great scores from that show. Alan Silvestri’s cool 70s score can’t of course be compared to the 2017 version, but I hope there’s some elements of 70s cop music in there just for fun. Well, it might not be 70s, but the original Chips theme is featured in ‘Opening Titles (Chips Theme)’ clothed in modern surroundings of course, but it sounds very good, heroic. The answer to the question whether Fil eilser would use some 70s cop music just for fun is swiftly answered with ‘Jon and Ponch’ a very 70s inspired theme for the two cops. Yeah I like this, I like it a lot. And when the bad guy gets a 70s theme as well in ‘Five Dirty Cops (Aka The Bad Guy Theme), all is well with the world even though it’s just another version of the Jon and Ponch theme.

I wasn’t quite expecting the music that we’re getting. I was almost certain the music would be a standard modern cop fare without much excitement, but Eisler has really gone to great lengths to bring the cool vibes of the 70s into 2017 and he does it well. I can’t really fault the score at all, and I’m having so much fun with it. It’s also a score that’s quite unique these days. The Nice Guys had a similar thing going last year, but scores like that are far and few between. If anything, the first 7 cues of this score has heightened expectations so much it’s hard to follow up, but I wish it did all the way through even though I understand that the movie is not just one thing, but more, and that requires more and different kind of music that’s not bad-ass all the time. It’s a fun score though, really exciting at times and well worth your time.

1. Opening Titles
2. Jon and Ponch
3. Five Dirty Cops (Aka The Bad Guy Theme)
4. Highway Robbery
5. Ponch Arrives
6. Bromance Pt1
7. Seven Mary Three In Pursuit
10. Fairground Chase
11. Random Metal Outburst
17. Trailer Trashed
21. Random Blues Interjection
22. You’re Old As Fuck
23. Over The Wall
28. Jon And Ava Love Theme
29. End Titles (Chips Theme)

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Chips, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating


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