Soundtrack Review: War For The Planet Of The Apes

Soundtrack Review: War For The Planet Of The Apes

War For The Planet Of The Apes Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score War For The Planet Of The Apes by Michael Giacchino.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 98.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 72.4
Album Excellence: 96.6%

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War For The Planet Of The Apes is a 2017 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson & Steve Zahn. It is a sequel to the 2014 film Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and the third installment in the Planet Of The Apes reboot series. Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet. The score is composed by Michael Giacchino.

The Planet Of The Apes franchise is one of the longest running franchises with a number of films, TV series and video games. As for films, it started with the classic Planet Of The Apes in 1968, a true cult classic with Charlton Heston. Of course for us soundtrack fans, it’s very memorable thanks to Jerry Goldsmith’s groundbreaking score. Here we are, almost 50 years later and the franchise is still going strong. In the reboot series, Patrick Doyle did the score to the first film while Michael Giacchino has done the two latest ones. Doyle’s score was good, but I thought Giacchino’s score to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was great. I can’t say that any themes has buried itself into my consciousness, but it was textural goodness from the get go. The score opens with the longest cues of them all ‘Apes Past Is Prologue’, and the 11 minute cue is just what’s needed to get things going. I’m hoping that this score is a bit similar to Dawn, because it is one of the better textural scores I’ve heard in recent years. The way that ‘Apes Past Is Prologue’ is constructed and sounds reminds me a bit of the fantastic score to Far Cry: Primal by Jason Graves. There’s a primal element in here which I love. I wouldn’t say it takes me all the way back to Jerry Goldsmith’s score, but it does have something similar in a modern setting like bone rattles and so on.

I think you have to go into this score not expecting Giacchino’s usual lyrical way of scoring, but be prepared for a much more primal setting. He did a score called “Land Of The Lost” many years ago, and if I remember correctly, it had a bit of that. In recent years, I’ve come to enjoy this side of Giacchino more than I thought I would. For many years, I didn’t enjoy his work for “Lost”, but that is something that has changed. I think Giacchino is really great at creating these moods, but he rarely get a chance to score movies that requires this kind of music. For those who want some lovely lyrical music, there’s ‘Exodus Wounds’, a possible tear jerker. Even though every cue is pretty great, this is not a score to pick out certain cues. I think this score is best listened to if you do it from start to finish and I did that, again and again. A winner!

1. Apes Past Is Prologue
2. Assault Of The Earth
3. Exodus Wounds
4. The Posse Polonaise
5. The Bad Ape Bagatelle
6. Don’t Luca Now
8. The Ecstasy Of The Bold
9. Apes Together Strong
10. A Tide In The Affairs Of Apes
11. Planet Of The Escapes
12. The Hating Game
13. A Man Named Suicide
14. More Red Than Alive
15. Migration
16. Paradise Found

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: War For The Planet Of The Apes, 9.1 out of 10 based on 15 ratings


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