Soundtrack Review: Waterworld (1995)

Soundtrack Review: Waterworld (1995)

Waterworld Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Waterworld by James Newton Howard.

Waterworld was once upon a time the world’s most expensive film and possibly the biggest flop all around. Still, it was a very good movie and I have enjoyed it every time I watched it. The score by James Newton Howard has always been held in high regard by the soundtrack community, and I believe it has something to do with the type of score it is and one spectacular theme.

This is a rousing, epic swashbuckling type of score, and it has both boring and exciting cues. The theme that made this score famous is first heard in ‘Escaping The Smokers’ and it’s one of the best themes of all time in my opinion. It rivals the best themes from Silvestri, Goldsmith, Williams et al. I dare you not to be excited when it plays, it can’t be done! It’s the sort of pirate-y greatness that Debney introduced in his score for Cutthroat Island. Also, the theme not only works in fast and epic action cues, but as heard in ‘Main Credits’ it’s superb in a slow paced environment.

It’s a really good score, almost great in my opinion. I feel that the score as a whole is a bit overhyped, but the amazing theme should be the talk of the town even now, so that part is definitely underrated. The great moments of this score is crazy good, it’s James Newton Howard at his best no doubt about it. I wish that the whole score kept up, but that’s a tall order and only a handful of scores manage to do that. A final mention goes to the great use of choir in a number of cues, which is really awesome.

2. Escaping The Smokers
7. The Skyboat
11. Helen Frees The Marines
13. Slide For Life
17. Deacon’s Speech
22. Dry Land
24. Main Credits


GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Waterworld (1995), 9.4 out of 10 based on 5 ratings


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