Spider-Man Homecoming Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Spider-Man Homecoming by Michael Giacchino.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 76.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 5.3
Album Excellence: 7.8%
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton & Robert Downey Jr. It is based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man and it’s the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise and the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear. The score is composed by Michael Giacchino.
Another Spider-Man reboot. I liked the Raimi movies, less so the Webb movies. Not sure about this new guy. He was introduced in the Captain America: Civil War movie and he seems to be the goofball version of Spider-Man. So I wonder what the score will sound like with heavyweight composer Michael Giacchino on board. Giacchino has been composing for the MCU before, recently with Doctor Strange. As you would expect, the cue names are filled with puns, but not the opening cue ‘Theme (from ‘Spider-Man’) [Original Television Series]’ which is a nostalgia bombs for people who love the old classic Spider-Man TV theme. There’s no lyrics, but it’s a decent version of the old theme. Since Spider-Man was introduced in the Captain American movie with all the Avengers, there’s going to be a few notes you might recognize. The new Avengers theme is used a couple of times in the score, and that’s welcome for continuity folks.
The rest of the score doesn’t exactly sound Avengers-like though, but then again, Spider-Man is a bit unusual in that sense. Like Ant-Man, he’s more then not a comic relief. Now I do realize that the new movie is probably, most likely, definitely a comedy with obvious action bits here and there. The score certainly reflect that fact. It’s very light and playful but you know what it reminds me of? It reminds me a bit of Michael Giacchino’s The Incredibles, another superhero score of his, although an animated one. In that one, Giacchino played with a more 60s/70s spy action theme and there’s a lot of similar music in this one. The problem I have with it is that it feels like a lite version of The Incredibles and Spider-Man deserves more. I mean, Ant-Man was a comedy, but that score simply killed. I’m not sure this is the score I wanted to hear for Spider-Man. Also, I feel the influence of Danny Elfman in here with cues like ‘High Tech Heist’ for example. He did score parts of the Avengers: Age Of Ultron so it’s possible that the powers that be wanted some of that sound included. Still, I can’t help to feel quite a bit disappointed by this score overall. What do you think of the score?
1. Theme (From ‘Spider-Man’) [Original Television Series] 19. Vulture Clash
21. No Frills Proto Cool!