- Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Limited Edition, Soundtrack
- Label: Walt Disney Records
- ASIN: B006Z21ZHO
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,176 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
John Carter Michael Giacchino
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Original score to the 2012 motion picture composed by Michael Giacchino. From Academy Award winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter, a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
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For Giacchino fans this score will be a real treat because he really draws from his own style a lot. More so than he's done recently. While every score has his style and signature sound I found John Carter to be a wonderful reminder of everything I love about his music. Moments reminded me of LOST, Super 8 and even Medal Of Honor. Giacchino's stamp as a person is all over this score and for that reason makes it feel like a really personal effort. The story being told is a wonderful adventure and the music really captures the listener. The emotions play very well even if they aren't deeply profound. You won't shed any tears from this score like you did with Super 8 (well, at least like I did). This is also a meaty score with lots of substance.
For a springtime blockbuster this is as good as it gets. While Silvestri's Avengers and Hans Zimmer's Dark Knight Rises will undoubtedly rule summer, this score is a great fresh experience. Also, Giacchino fans better enjoy this one because we won't hear him again till Star Trek 2 next year.
This movie did just that and did so handsomely.
Unlike so many other book adaptations of late, this one worked hard to keep from going over the top and focused on the story and the relationships within. Admittedly, there were a few times where certain story components were simply assumed to be understood and I had to explain them to my kids, but for the most part, this adaptation did a brilliant job of explaining itself whenever it could. And unlike so many other movies where someone's agenda is blazed across the scenes, this movie brings the joy of a story just for the sake of having a good story to share, without any excess baggage.
This is the kind of movie to keep close at hand so you can pull it out and watch whenever you can. Like a good book on a rainy afternoon, the acting, animation, and music combine to weave a wonderful story about greed, loss, hope, and love, as well as how one individual can make the difference no matter who they are or where they're from. And when you're ready to go there, remember these words: Ak Ohum Oktay Weez Barsoom!
The film is something of a throwback to more straightforward adventure films of the past, and in a sense so is the score. The main character's theme plays in a couple of ways--during the beginning of the first track, you'll hear it evoke a sense of wonder, and at the beginning of the last track, you'll here it play sweetly, almost with melancholy.
That's not where it shines though. The theme comes most strongly, and best represents the album and film, at the fifth track, "Sab Than Pursues the Princess." The brass falls in and pounds out powerful notes that make you want a hero to cheer for. That's the essence of the music right there--each piece of the score has a clear identity of that nature. In this CD are the makings of a classic score, one that should be recognized for so clearly sweeping the listener into the emotions of the film. After a while, the movie is unnecessary. Instead, you have a blast of solid emotion striking you with every track.
The soundtrack is in the John Williams-style of film scores, which is almost always a good thing. Four out of 5 stars (4 and a half if the stars worked that way).
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