Soundtrack Review: Transformers The Last Knight

Soundtrack Review: Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers The Last Knight Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Transformers The Last Knight by Steve Jablonsky.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 98.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 119.1
Album Excellence: 91.6%

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Transformers The Last Knight is a 2017 American science fiction film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins & Josh Duhamel. It is the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film franchise and a sequel to 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world. The score is composed by Steve Jablonsky.

The Transformers series has produced many hours of musical entertainment going back to it’s animated roots until the recent movies and television series. For me it’s been a blast and at the same time I totally understand the critics. It has never been very original, but here’s my pitch. It’s just explosions and fun, and sometimes we need that. It’s mindless, sure, it’s derivative, sure, but it’s for the popcorn loving action crowd. Steve Jablonsky is back for the fifth time and if you’re not a fan, I bet this one won’t make you one even though it has to be a little different. Apparently, Bay has gone more crazy than usual and brought in medieval times and King Arthur. I say, hell yeah! I can’t imagine the music not being colored by that fact, but the score is over 2 hours long so there will be plenty of music for the modern Transformers crowd as well.

The score opens with the softest of piano in ‘Sacrifice’ as it’s slowly building up momentum. That good Transformers feel is coming back with a lovely violin ostinato with soft choir. Oh yeah, this is (if possible) getting me even more excited. It’s an opening theme which we have heard many times from Hans Zimmer or Henry Jackman, but damn it sound so gorgeous. Not a bad way to start, not bad at all. Goosebumps. Oh here comes the bad guys. ‘The Coming Of Cybertron’ sounds like a vast army coming through the atmosphere to kill everyone and everything. Seriously, this is dark though, horror film dark. I think only the pulse percussion is keeping it into dark modern action territory. Well damn, the buildup from slow horror to loud and terrifying action is great.

No prizes to guess what ‘Merlin’s Staff’ is all about and here is probably where the medieval legends music comes in. It has a similar vibe to the opening cue ‘Sacrifice’ with strings and choir. It’s a really good theme for Merlin with great buildup and finale. Even though the music can’t be called medieval, the theme does have a feeling of ancient times. There are more of these nuggets and they are great, but don’t kid yourself. This is a modern action score in the vein of recent Transformers films so if you came for that Jablonsky’s got you covered. And for true fans, you’ll recognize a certain theme or two from the original. I think you got all covered here, but you knew what you signed on for going in, and whatever I say is not going to change that. This is for true fans of the Jablonsky series of Transformers scores.

1. Sacrifice *
2. The Coming Of Cybertron
3. Merlin’s Staff
6. Code Red
7. Izzy
8. Purity Of Heart *
10. Today We Hunt
11. Running Out Of Tomorrows
12. Drone Chase
13. You Have Been Chosen
14. Seglass Ni Tonday
15. Quintessa
16. Vivian
17. Abduction
18. History Of Transformers
19. Cogman Sings *
20. Vivian Follows Merlin
21. The Greatest Mission Of All
22. Dive
23. Two Moons
25. Claim The Staff
26. Prime Versus Bee
27. Your Voice
28. I Had My Moment *
29. Ospreys
30. Battlefield
31. Did You Forget Who I Am
32. We Have To Go *
33. Calling All Autobots *
34. Sir Edmund Burton *

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Transformers The Last Knight, 8.4 out of 10 based on 29 ratings


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