Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Michael Giacchino
What You Will Hear: Giacchino’s signature sound, a little darker than usual.
Standout Tracks: The Therapod Preservation Society, Lava Land, Raiders of the Lost Isla Nublar, Jurassic Pillow Talk, Shock and Auction, Thus Begins The Indo-Rapture, To Free or Not to Free, The Neo-Jurassic Age, At Jurassic World’s End Credits/Suite
Will You Be Humming Along? The marches and some intense choir parts will stick with you. There might also be a bit of a hero theme, but I only really caught it in the End Credits. Besides those moments, this score is not centered on thematic writing.
The album this makes me want to dust off: War for The Planet of the Apes – Michael Giacchino
As I’m Listening, I’m Thinking:
- Giacchino’s theme from the first film only shows up a few times, and rarely in its full grandeur. The new bad guy marches are fun, but a little simple.
- The Indoraptor material is the highlight here. The second half of this album is top notch excitement.
- We can usually count on Giacchino to use themes throughout action cues. They are strangely absent this time around. But, it is a rare case where this didn’t take away from my level enjoyment. With no themes, Giacchino relied on inventive rhythmic writing to keep things interesting. It actually works out; we get something a little different from him.
- Anyone that compared this score to Stravinsky… um… huh?
- Really missing both the original Williams and Giacchino themes.
Will I Come Back To It? I’ll be returning for the Indoraptor choir, but not much else. While I really enjoyed this score, I’ll go to the composer’s other works when I need my fix.