Soundtrack Review: X-Men Apocalypse

Soundtrack Review: X-Men Apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score X-Men Apocalypse by John Ottman.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 95
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 57
Album Excellence: 77%

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X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 action film directed by Bryan Singer and starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind. The score is composed by John Ottman.

Ottman seems right for the X-Men universe. He got his first try with X2, but to be honest that wasn’t the greatest thing ever. Then came X-Men: Days Of Future Past which was a considerable improvement with a wonderful theme for professor Xavier. Now Apocalypse is here and I’ve heard excellent things about it. The score opens with the horns of doom in ‘Apocalypse’. There’s nothing quite like that when the apocalypse is involved. It’s the big baddie and he sounds evil alright, evil and powerful. Subtle but powerful sweeping choir gives Apocalypse that God-like aura and the finale starting from 1:50, like a march of doom it hits all the right notes. Now this is how someone bigger than life should be introduced. I love choirs in X-Men, it fits there. Kind of reminds me a bit of John Powell’s X-Men score. Ottman doesn’t start big, he starts huge. ‘The Transference’ is pure madness with fast-paced bass line and male choirs. The horns finally seal the deal. I like this madness. Give me more.

Listening to the opening of the score makes me want to watch the movie real bad. I need it right now. I never go to the cinema but this sound so big and destructive, and I love it. Ottman is also a man for continuity as he use his X-Men theme in ‘Pyramid Collapse / Main Titles’ to great effect. Love that. Xavier got a killer theme in Days Of Future Past, now his “pal” Erik is getting a short but excellent treatment in ‘Eric’s New Life’ followed by beautiful soulful relaxing tones in ‘Just A Dream’. I wonder though if Erik is misspelled Eric here as it’s not the only cue with that name. Never mind that though, it’s the music that matters and so far it’s excellent.

Now true, it strays of the big and beautiful path after ‘Just A Dream’ with a more, well, refined but not as beautiful music, neither big or strong. With ‘Eric’s Rebirth’ it’s back though and I even hear Xavier’s theme in ‘Contacting Eric / The Answer’ which is always nice. Can’t go wrong with classic music either, and ‘Beethoven’s Havok’ got you covered but with added epic-ness, massive percussion, horns and choir. Lovely! After that i’s pretty much a rock party with one track more epic than the next and mixed in is more lyrical music which feels just right. My favourite part of this score is how the action music flows and how it feels. I feel the music is vibrant and “alive”, and not just cashing in on the latest action trend. It feels old-fashioned at times, but it also feels unique in it’s own way, the X-Men way. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll kind of score without having any rock music. Apart from a few cues, this one hit all the right notes and is currently my favourite X-Men score.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Apocalypse
2. The Transference
3. Pyramid Collapse / Main Titles *
4. Eric’s New Life
5. Just A Dream
9. Eric’s Rebirth
10. Contacting Eric / The Answer
11. Beethoven Havok *
12. You Can See
13. New Pyramid
14. Recruiting Psylocke
15. Split Them Up!
16. A Piece Of His Past
17. The Magneto Effect
18. Jet Memories
20. Great Hero / You Betray Me
21. Like A Fire
22. What Beach?
24. You’re X-Men / End Titles

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Soundtrack Review: X-Men Apocalypse, 7.4 out of 10 based on 14 ratings

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