Soundtrack Review: Kong Skull Island
Kong Skull Island Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Kong Skull Island by Henry Jackman.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 80.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 11
Album Excellence: 19.4%
Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster fantasy film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson & Brie Larson. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and is the second film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. A diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers unites to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. The score is composed by Henry Jackman.
King Kong has been gracing our screens since 1933 and there has been 8 major films so far and another coming in 2020. It has been a few years since Peter Jackson’s King Kong and the beautiful accompanying score by James Newton Howard. Henry Jackman is composing this one, and I’m curious but I expect the score to be more aggressive than Howard’s effort. The opening cue ‘South Pacific’ has a classic monster feel about them, a little bit inspired by he classic movies of the past perhaps. It’s interesting that this movie is set in a period of war, and I wonder if that’s the inspiration behind ‘The Beach’ with a percussion that sound like muffled gun shots. The finale to this cue is perfect though for a classic monster fare.
Jackman has been known for doing the Zimmer thing once or twice, and everyone familiar with Zimmer’s work might recognize the style in ‘Project Monarch’. Similar or not, it does sound really good, specially ‘The Island’. There are some interesting rock elements in the score, and I wonder where that comes from. Maybe from the era of classic rock and the tension of war? I’m not sure that’s something I would associate with a monster movie, but I’m sure it makes sense in context. So where’s the monster popping up? You won’t be disappointed when you hear ‘Kong The Destroyer’. That’s a proper monster track with all the bells and whistles. Big brass, full of energy, this is the power of Kong, and it’s wonderful. I would be surprised if you found the score to be very unique, because it isn’t. However it’s entertaining in parts so despite not giving me any surprised, I think there’s enough here to satisfy, even if it’s just for a little bit.
3. Project Monarch
7. The Island *
8. Kong The Destroyer
10. Spider Attack