Soundtrack Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

Soundtrack Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Wonder Woman by Rupert Gregson-Williams.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 95.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 57.7
Album Excellence: 77%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine & Robin Wright. It’s the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe and it’s the first live action theatrical film starring Wonder Woman. Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. The score is composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams.

This new Wonder Woman character has a role to play in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and what’s interesting about that is the theme that Hans Zimmer and/or Junkie XL created, this sort of primal scream guitar thingy. Personally, I thought it was inappropriate for the character as portrayed in that film, but maybe it makes more sense in a primal setting, before she became the character we know today. Will Rupert use it or has he created a new theme for her? The score opens with ‘Amazons Of Themyscira’ and the music is almost as mysterious as the cue name, using electronic violin, some choir. It’s a long teaser, but once we get into the thematic material it shines. Sure, it’s derivative and nothing we haven’t heard before, but it does feel superheroic, at least to me. It does feel more of a Marvel thing than a DC thing, but it works.

Marvel or DC inspired music, it’s no secret that it’s sounding similar to other action blockbusters these days but with an extra focus on themes. Although the themes are hardly memorable, there’s a great effort to squeeze one or two in every cue, one more heroic than the next. If I had listened to this blind without knowing what it would be for, I’d probably guess a superhero movie. Rupert is getting into a more DC-centric way of scoring with ‘Ludendorff, Enough!’ which is evil sounding enough to be a bad guy theme. And it sounds good too! It feels good listening to a score that tries to keep old values of superhero scoring intact instead of hitting us with explosive action cues, massive percussion sequences and a lot of “bwwaaaaaaam” if you know what I mean. Maybe not since Silvestri’s Captain America, this has been a thing. Whether it fits the film remains to be seen, but I think it will fit quite well. It’s a different kind of world, an origin story set in another time. It’s about discovering who she is and what she can do and her purpose in life, and I feel the score should go very well with that premise. So what about that theme? Yes it does appear, for the first time in ‘No Man’s Land’. I still don’t like it, but once I see the movie, maybe I’ll like it more. Anyway, that’s certainly not Rupert Gregson-Williams fault and I think this is a great superhero score. Just check out ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ and ‘Lightning Strikes’ for a swinging good time. Add ‘Action Reaction’ for 6 minutes of unrelated fun. It’s Terminator and Mad Max rolled into one. Love it. What do you think of the score?

1. Amazons of Themyscira
2. History Lesson
3. Angel On The Wing
4. Ludendorff Enough!
5. Pain, Loss & Love
8. Wonder Woman’s Wrath
9. The God Of War
10. We Are All To Blame
11. Hell Hath No Fury *
12. Lightning Strikes *
14. Action Reaction*

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Wonder Woman (2017), 7.8 out of 10 based on 27 ratings


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