Logan Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Logan by Marco Beltrami.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 85.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 13.8
Album Excellence: 23.8%
Logan is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart & Dafne Keen. It is the tenth installment in the X-Men film series and the third Wolverine film following X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine. In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. The score is composed by Marco Beltrami.
Logan seems different than most X-Men movies, even the previous Wolverine ones and I’m looking forward to that. Beltrami did the score to the previous Wolverine film and it was good, but it was also lacking quite a bit. I’m hoping that Logan will be his return to top form. The score opens with ‘Main Titles’, a somber and sad main theme, which I suppose is very much appropriate. It has an interesting feel and sound to it, using guitar, percussion and harmonica. I don’t love it, but it’s new and interesting. ‘Laura’ is the name of the kid with some awesome X-Men power, and like the opening cue ‘Main Titles’ it’s low key, sad and a bit mysterious. I’m guessing he childhood isn’t exactly normal so under the circumstances, low key and sad sounds about right.
There has been a lot of talk about old man Logan, but here’s the thing. Even old man Logan kicks ass, at least in the trailer and undoubtedly the film. The cue ‘Old Man Logan’ though is more fit for an old man filled with grief and sadness. It is shockingly low key, but I don’t expect it to be like that for the rest of the score. It’s actually kind of beautiful in a sad way. The music has real “weight” to it, but superhero purists might find the score a bit odd. This is no ordinary superhero movie though, and that certainly comes across in the music. This might be an odd comparison, but I think some of this music would do well in a Terminator TV series, and it’s not too dissimilar to what McCreary created for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It’s a slow paced action perhaps, and I have a similar feeling. I had some expectations of this being a bit different, but I was still hoping for more action and perhaps a stronger thematic experience. It’s still good, perhaps more interesting than good, but I had some very enjoyable moments here.
4. Old Man Logan
8. El Limo-Nator
11. Goodnight Moon
13. Feral Tween
16. Up To Eden
21. Don’t Be What They Made You