I am neither a follower of 'Star Trek' movie series nor have seen American TV series “Lost”. The name Michael Giacchino as composer drew my attention towards the soundtrack of the new ‘Star Trek’ movie. I totally admired the jazzy orchestral background score of 'The Incredibles' by Michael Giacchino even while watching the movie for the first time. Again in 'Ratatouille' he came out with a brilliant score. There is always a freaking madness in his style of orchestration that I like. The main theme of the new 'Star Trek' is instantly catchy. There are many bombastic action cues with catchy leitmotifs. On the whole, it is a classic Hollywood orchestral score made for a summer blockbuster movie.
Hans Zimmer repeats the best cue from the soundtrack “Da Vinci Code”, the “Chevalier De Sangreal” in “Angels and Demons” with a layer of Solo violin playing the main theme along with the orchestra. The music of “Angels and Demons” is synth and symphony. The mix of synth and symphony might be deliberate to sound the clash that happens between science and religion in the story. Anyone who has read both “Angels and Demons” and “Da Vinci Code” would agree that former has more action and understandably Hans Zimmer has gone for a high energy orchestral score with layers of synth, thundering percussions and full throttled choral sections. The score seems to be slavishly playing out to the cuts in the visuals and hence some of the cues would be better appreciated after watching the movie.
I am eager to listen to these two scores on high quality once the CD of these soundtracks hit the stores in India.