The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Special Edition) - Howard Shore 12/9/15
#OneLastTime - probably not. Hollywood: the land of unwanted sequels, reboots, and spin-offs!
What You Will Hear: All the Middle-Earth tonalities you're used to, with none of the inspired thematic writing. We're thrown from one frenetic moment to the next without any deeper development. At times, the orchestrations even feel incomplete. But, on the brighter side, Sons of Durin gives us the greatest gong hit EVER.
Standout Tracks: Battle for the Mountain, The Darkest Hour, Sons of Durin, Ironfoot
Will you be humming along? No. Just go listen to The Fellowship of the Ring.
The score this makes me want to dust off: What was that? I couldn't hear you, I was too busy humming along to The Fellowship.
Will I come back to it? Besides the standout tracks (it pains me to say it): no. The LOTR and An Unexpected Journey scores were hit machines. Each new theme was an integral part of the characters and actions on screen. I expected each Hobbit score to produce more of the same. Not the case here. Empty epic-ness and adventure is all we get.