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Monsters VS. Aliens by Henry Jackman

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Monsters VS. Aliens (Soundtrack) by Henry Jackman  

Monsters VS. Aliens
Composed by Henry Jackman
Lakeshore Records (2009)

Rating: 7/10

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“HENRY JACKMAN lays down quite a ferocious score...filled with blaring brass, deep percussion, radical tempo shifts, and the offbeat zaniness reserved for classic 2D animated shorts.”

Monsters Ball!
Review by Christopher Coleman

It's no secret that 3D animated films seem to be the box-office goldmine du jour. The major studios are cranking them our faster and more frequently with each passing year. The only problem is the vast majority fall flat on their three-dimensional faces...at least they do for some adults. Since the kiddies don't care about poor writing, lackluster voice acting, and copycat directing, putting animated kids, toys, animals, robots, monsters or aliens on the screen guarantees their attention long enough to at least ensure a ticket is purchased. It was thought that Dreamworks was a one-hit-wonder with SHREK (and I mean the first). That perception changed radically with last year's, KUNG FU PANDA, which remains my favorite animated film of 2008. So now Dreamworks, because of the great success of panda Po, you've given us the green light to elevate our expectations...and with those expectations our eyes turn to MONSTERS VS. ALIENS.

Let me say it fast and straight. MONSTERS VS. ALIENS is no KUNG FU PANDA, but doesn't completely fall into the destitution inhabited by the likes of MADAGASCAR, BEE MOVIE, or SHARK TALE. The film has a handful of decent comedic moments, eye-popping action sequences, and lovable monsters and when those ingredients aren't enough, the once-gimmicky-now-engaging-3D effects go a long way to making the film enjoyable as a whole. Take the 3D out of the equation and the film experience suffers significantly. Sadly, more often than not, a sub-par (if Pixar is "par") animated feature film means a sub-par original score. I don't know why this is, but it is. So is this case with HENRY JACKMAN's MONSTERS VS. ALIENS?

We have a bad track record going. When you think of the aforementioned films like MADAGASCAR (truly one of Mr. Zimmers most disappointing scores in recent memory), or John Powell's ROBOTS, or MEET THE ROBINSONS with score by Danny Elfman, if you even recall those scores at all, you'll remember that they certainly were not among that composer's best. For some reason, these scores do not rise above their lackluster containers, as they occasionally do in the realm of live-action features. Does HENRY JACKMAN smash that trend here? The film, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, flies somewhere between the cream of the crop and the crap of crumbs, but is the composer's score so fated?

HENRY JACKMAN lays down quite a ferocious score...filled with blaring brass, deep percussion, radical tempo shifts, and the offbeat zaniness reserved for classic 2D animated shorts. JACKMAN tip-toes through many-a-John-Powell-tulip here. From one of the main motifs bearing a striking resemblence to Powell's X-Men 3 motif to his eclectic instrumentation and propensity for unpredictability. Where JACKMAN truly excels is in the extended action sequences such as: "The Battle At Golden Gate Bridge" (10) or "Imprisoned by a Strange Being" (13). He balances out his score with a surprising amount of heart. Centered around the she-giant, Ginormica, is a honey-sweet, theme comprised of soft strings, piano and woodwinds. It surfaces in "A Wedding Interrupted" (4), "The Grand Tour" (8), and "Didn't Mean to Crush You" (11). The sweetest track of them all just might be "The Ginormica Suite" (18), where Jackman brightens the theme with much vim and vigor. Overall, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS is quite a debut effort from Jackman. There's no doubting his talent and potential to "wow" audiences; however, there are so many motifs and so many unexpected turns in the style of music and instrumentation that the score feels a bit out of focus. Tracks such as "Meet the Monsters" (5), but especially "Monster Mojo" (19), are meant to be quirky, but fall short of the quality of his other pieces. LAKESHORE RECORD's presentation of Jackman's score, intermingled with famous pop tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s, doesn't help with this "focus" issue either. Still, with 14 of 20 tracks being original score, an investment in this CD (or digital download) remains a wise one. There is enough of HENRY JACKMAN's voraciously entertaining score to satisfy.

Every so often a name will pop onto the composing scene that fans and reviewers make a mental note of. With the Dreamworks' MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, the jig is up. HENRY JACKMAN, we know who you are...and we are ready for more!

 

Rating: 7/10

 

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Track

Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 A Giant Transformation 3:05  ****
2 When You See (Those Flying Saucers) - The Buchanan Brothers 2:17  **
3 Tell Him 2:35  ***
4 A Wedding Interrupted 2:09  ***
5 Meet The Monsters 2:29  **
6 Planet Claire - The B-52's 4:37  **
7 Do Something Violent! 2:07  ****
8 The Grand Tour 2:10  ***
9 Oversized Tin Can 3:38  ***
10 The Battle At Golden Gate Bridge 6:08  *****
11 Didn't Mean to Crush You 1:51  ****
12 Reminiscing - Little River Band 4:14  ***
13 Imprisoned By a Strange Being 5:28  ****
14 Galazar as a Squidling 2:06  ****
15 March of the Buffoons 5:15  ***
16 Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs 2:21  **
17 Susan's Call to Arms 3:02  ****
18 The Ginormica Suite 5:51  ****
19 Monster Mojo 2:08  **
20 Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley 2:15  **
  Total Running Time (approx) 66 minutes  

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

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