Ant-Man - Christophe Beck
What You Will Hear: Driving percussion and stabbing brass; a mix of intense action scoring and laid-back grooves. The congas, toms, drum kit, etc. add a unique color to this entry into the MCU. The main theme (be it pizzicato or blasting) returns quite often and is a centerpiece in many of the cues.
Standout Tracks: Theme From Ant-Man, Ant 247, San Francisco, 1987, First Mission, Your Mom Died A Hero, Into The Hornets Nest, A Center For Ants!
Will You Be Humming Along? Yes! If you can count to 7, that is… Also worth noting: the theme moves in a descending motion, instead of the usual heroic ascensions. Throughout the score, I kept worrying about the eventual need for it to become less mischievous/comical and more heroic – but Beck didn’t disappoint. Check out Into The Hornets Nest and A Center For Ants! to hear satisfying variations.
The score this makes me want to dust off: Mega Mind - Hans Zimmer & Lorne Balfe
Will I come back to it? That’s a BIG yes! (Get it?) This score is a great mix of Bond-ish action nonsense and 70s/80’s TV action writing. I know that sounds strange, but it really is the best way to describe it. There are moments where I can see Bond calmly taking care of business, and then there are moments when I expect Starsky and/or Hutch to go driving by. Add the third writing style: varied percussion instruments over a fairly standard 2015 superhero sound, and you’ve got a fun listening experience. But, those three approaches work together to give this score an identity all its own. The home run is the frequent use of the main theme. Random driving percussion is great. (Check!) Go ahead and give the brass a work out, too! (Check, check!) But, give me variations on the theme to glue it all together. (Triple check!) Thank you, Mr. Beck. Ant-Man packs 100% fun but also provides an interesting musical trip. It is quickly becoming one of my favorites from Marvel.
Bonus Points… if you can tell me which track contains the Avengers theme.