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Snared in Elfman's Web,
This review is from: Spider-Man: Original Motion Picture Score (Audio CD)
If nothing else, Danny Elfman's score for Sam Raimi's HUGE summer blockbuster adaptation of "Spiderman" is catchy. At best, it is one of the most well-crafted scores I've heard this year. The listener is grabbed almost immediately by Elfman's sense of both spectacle and play. Elfman tells us immediately in his Main Titles, "Hey! Pay attention! What you're about to see (and hear) is going to be a fun ride."
Many people have mentioned--and will probably continue to do so--the similarities between Elfman's "Spiderman" and his dark, brooding score for Tim Burton's "Batman". These parallels are fairly obvious and one really need not go into too much depth about them. However, it is worth noting that there are a couple of differences. First of all, Elfman's portrait of Spidey is a bit more optimistic overall compared to his portrayal of the Dark Knight. It's the nature of the character. There's really no way around that. Second, "Spiderman" is far more sophisticated in nearly every aspect as a musical work when compared to "Batman". That doesn't mean it's better, it just means that Elfman has honed his technique and considerable talent as a composer for the big screen in the last 13 years.
As far as the album is concerned, we get right into things with Elfman's bold, heroic theme in the "Main Title". This is the kind of main title sequence that most big Hollywood movies like this seem to lack these days; a well-designed title sequence with a bold musical score. "Costume Montage" and "City Montage" are both fantastic cues (as many others have also noted) with wonderful variations of the main "Spiderman" theme. The theme for the Green Goblin, however, is where Elfman is at his best I think. It's such a goofy melody that you just know that Elfman is having a great time with this score and this film. It also helps to remind us of exactly that: it's just a movie so sit back and have fun. On the whole, though, I think that the entire album is a great listen. If you're a die-hard Danny Elfman fan, then you'll most likely have this album already. However, if you've just arrived here on planet Earth, and you're not too familiar with the music of Danny Elfman, this album is great musical fun and, along with "Batman" a great primer for Elfman's film music which I highly recommend.