Soundtrack Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Soundtrack Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 by Tyler Bates.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 96.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 34.9
Album Excellence: 79.3%

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana & Dave Bautista. This is the sequel to the 2014 movie Guardians Of The Galaxy. Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

What a fun ride the original Guardians Of The Galaxy was, both film and score. It felt like everything I wanted in a sci-fi/fantasy epic was included and then some. Tyler Bates, who isn’t normally one to score rousing epic superhero movie did a great job and I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t continue the trend for the sequel. With the fun and awesome title ‘Showtime a-Holes’ the score starts in predictable fashion with some Marvel goodness. You’ll recognize the theme for sure. The second part is good, but it does feel a bit light apart from the epic chanting of course. It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the score is very derivative. I feel the power of some great movie scores in this one like when I hear the Mad Max theme in ‘vs The Abilisk’ mixed in with the Guardians theme. I don’t mind it though as long as it’s fun and so far it is. What I don’t like too much if the score becomes to light and comedic, and we have that too in ‘vs The Abilisk’ and also ‘The Mantis Touch’.

I want the heavy artillery with all guns blazing and we get do get that in cues like ‘Mammalian Bodies’ and ‘Two-Time-Galaxy Savers’, or do we? I know it’s been a couple of years, but I remember the first score to be a tour de force action score from start to finish. This score is softer somehow, refined maybe. I’m guessing the first time was about to save the galaxy, and this is as well, but it’s possibly more of a side plot while family is the main plot. It sure feels different than the first score, but it’s still very entertaining and it gets damn emotional with ‘Dad’ and ‘Sisters’. Bates is giving us an entertaining sequel score, but it’s not very different from for example Brian Tyler’s marvel efforts. If it’s uniqueness you crave, this is not the score you’re looking for, but if you want more formulaic epic Marvel music, then this should fit quite well.

1. Showtime a-Holes
4. Space Chase
5. Family History
6. Groot Expectations
7. Mammalian Bodies
8. Starhawk
9. Two-Time-Galaxy Savers
11. Ego
12. Kraglin And Drax
13. The Expansion
14. Mary Poppins And The Rat *
15. Gods
16. Dad
17. A Total Hasselhoff
18. Sisters
19. Guardians Of The Frickin Galaxy

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, 7.8 out of 10 based on 15 ratings


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