THE WRATH OF THE TITANS

Wrath_of_Titans_WTMTHE CLASH OF THE TITANS was a pretty impressive action movie which contained a reasonably suitable score that matched the action but, in saying this, composer Ramin Djawadi did get some criticism from collectors and critics about his music… why? I am not too sure because for me it was good in the movie and that, after all, is what the purpose of a film score is; to work with the movie, enhance it and give depth and atmosphere in places when the picture needs these. However after hearing Javier Naverette’s soundtrack to the sequel THE WRATH OF THE TITANS I am re-evaluating my opinion. This Spanish maestro has produced a score that not only matches the action but elevates it further and propels it at high speed throughout the movie, creating tense, edge of the seat moments throughout.
Navarette’s score lends weighty support to the already exciting motion. The music actually becomes in effect an integral component of the whole thing. The music is action led, which of course goes without saying for this type of film. The composer has written full-on action cues which are at times thunderous and pulsating but also melodic, possessing great substance and stature. This is not merely a score which crashes and booms its way through the movie, it is an intelligent, well written work which has been wonderfully orchestrated by the score’s conductor Nicholas Dodd. The entire work is majestic, potent and haunting, and has elements within it which sound fearful and commanding – an unassailable and attention grabbing score which does not fail to deliver. The composer utilizes full orchestra, choir and enhances and further bolsters these with the use of a handful of synthetic elements which bring much to the score but never overwhelm the symphonic resonance of this magnificent and highly entertaining soundtrack.
Javier Navarette is a composer of great worth who can not only can write intimate and mystical themes as demonstrated so eloquently in PANS LABYRINTH but is also able to bring to fruition blockbusting and powerful themes laced with a style and sound which evoke a bygone age of film scoring.

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