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 Posted:   Aug 9, 2007 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   Tom Maguire   (Member)

FINALLY got around to seeing this last night. Steve Jablonsky once again composes music totally undeserving of the film it's written for. The movie wasn't offensively bad but man it had some serious problems. The score seeme like an obvious Batman Begins riff but that's ok with me, I liked BB so I liked this. But I really wish some new blood would come along in Hollywood and kick these SpasmCam Action "directors" to the curb and show 'em how it's done - like we did back in the 80's. And then put guys like Jablonsky and John Powell to work on some stuff deserving of their talents.

Also I did notice the American Beauty riff. I actually thought it was a straight lift.
Tom (Servo)

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2007 - 11:27 PM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

John Turturo needs to fire his agent (same one Johnny Depp uses?). Frankly, I loved this movie (in terms of mindless, popcorn fun and visual treat) and I LOVED Jablonsky's score to the film. But, man, Turturo needs to quit finding the cheesy, over-the-top roles (this one reminded me of Jeremy Iron's stomach-wrenching performance in Dungeon's & Dragons, a thoroughly offensive film with a wonderful score). He single-handedly made me hate about 30 minutes of this movie and his character was COMPLETELY pointless. Would someone please find him an indy drama? Pair him with Jeremy Irons and together, they could fight for Academy Awards, because they are both excellent actors in the right situations.

As to Jablonsky's music...fun, propulsive and thematic. An excellent score from a composer I am liking evenly with John Powell right now.

Good stuff!

Joe

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2007 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

John Turturo needs to fire his agent (same one Johnny Depp uses?). Frankly, I loved this movie (in terms of mindless, popcorn fun and visual treat) and I LOVED Jablonsky's score to the film. But, man, Turturo needs to quit finding the cheesy, over-the-top roles (this one reminded me of Jeremy Iron's stomach-wrenching performance in Dungeon's & Dragons, a thoroughly offensive film with a wonderful score). He single-handedly made me hate about 30 minutes of this movie and his character was COMPLETELY pointless. Would someone please find him an indy drama? Pair him with Jeremy Irons and together, they could fight for Academy Awards, because they are both excellent actors in the right situations.

As to Jablonsky's music...fun, propulsive and thematic. An excellent score from a composer I am liking evenly with John Powell right now.

Good stuff!

Joe


I agree. What the bloody hell was up with Turturo in this one?

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2022 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

I just listened to this again the other night and, despite its obvious influences, I still find it to be an enormously entertaining album. Jablonsky has a knack for pulling all these leftovers out of the fridge and making something good with them. Intellectually I understand what's happening with this score, but emotionally it works my pleasure sensors over like a speedbag. I am ok with that.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2022 - 9:00 PM   
 By:   Mephariel   (Member)

I just listened to this again the other night and, despite its obvious influences, I still find it to be an enormously entertaining album. Jablonsky has a knack for pulling all these leftovers out of the fridge and making something good with them. Intellectually I understand what's happening with this score, but emotionally it works my pleasure sensors over like a speedbag. I am ok with that.

Maybe the most underrated score of the 2000s. A very good score actually. "Arrival to Earth" is the kind of Media Ventures theme that you rarely get even from RCP.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2022 - 9:14 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

I just listened to this again the other night and, despite its obvious influences, I still find it to be an enormously entertaining album. Jablonsky has a knack for pulling all these leftovers out of the fridge and making something good with them. Intellectually I understand what's happening with this score, but emotionally it works my pleasure sensors over like a speedbag. I am ok with that.

Maybe the most underrated score of the 2000s. A very good score actually. "Arrival to Earth" is the kind of Media Ventures theme that you rarely get even from RCP.


It's an astonishingly good score, packed full of hummable themes. How many modern action scores have themes as good as those found in this one—let alone half a dozen of them?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2022 - 10:28 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

I concur. This is an excellent score.

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2022 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

I really enjoyed the first film and score. I thought this showcased CGI at its best. Kinda all downhill after this film. The action scenes were amazing and jaw dropping. Loved some of the humor, hated the toilet humor. Whatshisface was funny and likeable in this role and I believed he was really interacting with giant transforming robots. I found the sequels very boring. I guess one was enough.

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2022 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

It's an astonishingly good score, packed full of hummable themes. How many modern action scores have themes as good as those found in this one—let alone half a dozen of them?

The album is brilliantly produced to showcase all of that. That surprised me most as I was going back through it. It feels structured more like a pop album, built around thematic showcase tracks with some film sequences interspersed. What I don't remember is whether the showcase tracks are actually film tracks (e.g., "Autobots," "Decepticons," "Optimus," "Bumblee," etc) or if they were arranged for the album.

I really enjoyed the first film and score. I thought this showcased CGI at its best. Kinda all downhill after this film. The action scenes were amazing and jaw dropping. Loved some of the humor, hated the toilet humor. Whatshisface was funny and likeable in this role and I believed he was really interacting with giant transforming robots. I found the sequels very boring. I guess one was enough.

Bay is the guy at the party who constantly reminds everyone how funny he is and only he knows what's funny. But hoooooooo boy. It nearly sank BAD BOYS II, which has moments of true absurdist action brilliance in it when it's not too busy trying to be a bad 80's sitcom. It's to LaBeouf's great credit that the sheer force of his natural charisma shined through. I hated the second movie so much that I've never come back to the sequels, though I loved Jablonsky's work on THE LAST KNIGHT (thanks, LLL). I thought BUMBLEBEE was a jolt of welcome energy to the franchise.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2022 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

I just listened to this again the other night and, despite its obvious influences, I still find it to be an enormously entertaining album. Jablonsky has a knack for pulling all these leftovers out of the fridge and making something good with them. Intellectually I understand what's happening with this score, but emotionally it works my pleasure sensors over like a speedbag. I am ok with that.

Maybe the most underrated score of the 2000s. A very good score actually. "Arrival to Earth" is the kind of Media Ventures theme that you rarely get even from RCP.


RCP?

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2022 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Travis   (Member)

I just listened to this again the other night and, despite its obvious influences, I still find it to be an enormously entertaining album. Jablonsky has a knack for pulling all these leftovers out of the fridge and making something good with them. Intellectually I understand what's happening with this score, but emotionally it works my pleasure sensors over like a speedbag. I am ok with that.

Maybe the most underrated score of the 2000s. A very good score actually. "Arrival to Earth" is the kind of Media Ventures theme that you rarely get even from RCP.


RCP?


Remote Control Productions

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2022 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

I hated these movies but always enjoyed listening to Jablonsky's scores. This one was around when he did Steamboy and it was an excellent blockbuster score. I think this is what many of us wanted the MCU movies to sound like.

 
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