Monday, March 16, 2009

Watchmen (Soundtrack) by Tyler Bates - Review

Watchmen (Soundtrack) by Tyler Bates - Review

Not being a fan of the original comic series, I come to the WATCHMEN feast without the unbearable weight of over 20 years of fandom and expectation. It seems the majority of faithful fans have received the film with open arms...actually pleasantly surprised with Snyder's fidelity to Alan Moore's original story, themes, and characters. Taking the film on its own (as I must do), it is a nearly three-hour exercise of superhero depth, rawness, and brutality unlike any other superhero film to date. The story is so dense and the themes so many that one viewing can hardly do it justice. Movies hardly ever capture all of the layers of character of a well-written novel, even a graphic novel, but WATCHMEN, the film, succeeds at giving the unacquainted audience a solid moviegoing-experience while clearly indicating that there is much more to these characters and to this story than is being portrayed on screen - not an easy feat.

When it comes to the music of the film, my feelings are mixed. The music for WATCHMEN was publicized months in advance of the film's theatrical release; touting special edition vinyl, picture discs, and various editions. One could hardly not build up some expectations for the final music experience would be. WATCHMEN's soundtrack features a combination of period pop selections and original score by TYLER BATES. The eclectic mix of the two helps to brand WATCHMEN as another, unique Zack Snyder creation. While there is a completely separate soundtrack release (thankfully) of these songs, their appearance and contribution to film bears a brief mention here. Perhaps it was the audio mix or perhaps the songs themselves, but most of the pop selections are a little too "on the nose." With the exception of the brilliantly juxtaposed "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole, the other songs pulled me right out of the scene...calling too much attention to themselves rather than enhancing the mood or visuals. With such period-icons such as "I'm Your Boogie Man," "99 Luft Balloons" or "The Sound of Silence" unashamedly making their presence known, it may have been the director's intention, then, for TYLER BATES' score to balance this out.

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