Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack
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In Summer 2014, the world s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure Godzilla. From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.
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Since the movie is, thankfully, a good stretch away from the Emmerich disaster, and moved more into the direction of the 90s Toho movies and Millennium series, the music is also far removed from David Arnold's effort. Gone are the oversaturated, melodramatic tones of Hollywood schmalz, and were replaced by Desplat in favour of a brutal, relentlessly harsh powerhouse of a score. What is absolutely stunning about this music is the brass. Desplat is known for, well, not exactly having a weak spot for big brass moments, but boy does the let it rip here! He amassed a good dozen french horns, around 6-8 trombones and the same number of trumpets, and has them rip, trill, flutter, stab and god knows what. Tracks like "Golden Gate Chaos", "Muto Hatch" and "Two Against One" are adrenaline pulsing.
Also fantastic is the combination of modern synthesizer sounds with the force of a 150 piece orchestra and chorus, the stylistic combination of modern writing, up to date synth sounds, and old-fashioned monster music. And all of this with a good dose of ethnic flair.
Make no mistake about it, though, this is not a score that is chock full of obvious motifs and themes.Read more ›
Spectacular moments on tracks such as "Missing Spore" and "Golden Gate Chaos" will send shivers down your spine. With a main theme that fits right alongisde all the greats of the series, blaring brass and drums pounding proud - and consistency throughout - GODZILLA is easily my favorite blockbuster film score since 2012's SKYFALL.
Needless to say, Desplat did a good job. Most soundtracks are incidental (conveying what's going on the screen). As such, there are times of frenzy, times of sadness and times of quiet extrapolation. (Mostly frenzy, though.)
Standouts are "Godzilla!" (track 1) with its rhythmic, almost heroic and frantic theme to match the titular monster we all know and love, "Last Shot" (track 18), which matches track 1 with its theme but with a bit more badassery. (That's not really a word but I like it.) And "The Power Plant," which evokes some tragedy.
The CD comes with some nice artwork mostly from the posters and promotions we've seen, as well as an interesting schematic of the orchestra used. ("Tympany?" I was always taught it was, "timpani." Yay for typos!) :D
Can we stop with the comparisons to Ifukube, please? Much like comparing this version of Godzilla to any other version of Godzilla, there's no point in comparing Desplat to him. They're their own (very established) composers. One could say Desplat was trying to convey the style established by Ifukube. I would say Desplat did that very handily.
All in all, a very good soundtrack.
ON EDIT: I forgot to mention that Gyorgy Ligeti's "Kyrie" from his Requiem is notably absent as it was used in the movie. (For the same HALO jump scene as in the trailer. You know, that really eerie choral work also used in 2001: A Space Odyssey?) No worries as you can find this elsewhere.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Ford Brody, a naval bomb disposal technician who grew up in Japan, where his father Joe (Bryan Cranston) and mother Sandra (Juliette Binoche) worked at the Janjira nuclear power plant. Having survived a catastrophic disaster there fifteen years previously, Joe is convinced that the government is hiding the real reason behind the disaster, and enlists his son for help. It is only then that the pair discover the truth: that the disaster was cause by a Muto (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism), an ancient creature which feeds off radiation, the existence of which various world governments have tried to keep under wraps for decades. Even worse, the Muto has a predator – the even more massive Godzilla, which was awakened during a deep sea expedition in 1954, and re-appears from its hiding place whenever a Muto appears.Read more ›
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4 1/2 stars. I’ve been an admirer of Desplat for some time, scores such as The Golden Compass and his Harry Potter scores and more low key intimate scores like Benjamin Button have... Read morePublished 7 days ago by antaylor
I bought "Godzilla" on a whim.
I liked it at first. I still love the monster's main theme, and track 3 - "The Power Plant" - is a masterpiece. Read more
Godzilla is basically a monster movie, so it needs a soundtrack that fits that genre. This soundtrack definitely delivers in that aspect.Published 9 months ago by lobster face
Overall, i enjoyed this soundtrack, very much. I loved the movie, and while not perfect, neither is this soundtrack album. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Music Maven
A truly excellent score. Very exciting and unique. Moments as large as Godzilla himself. Part of my job is to lip-sync digital characters to voice-overs, so if I want to listen to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JohnB
Desplat has created a mood evoking thrilling score that works great in the softer moments but also shines during the destruction of the kaijus.Published 14 months ago by Beagle Martian