Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Star Trek by Michael Giacchino (Soundtrack Review)

Star Trek by Michael Giacchino (Soundtrack Review)

Boldly Going...Nowhere New
Review by Marius Masalar

As the release date of the new Star Trek film loomed, I'll admit that I was uneasy. Despite having mastermind J.J. Abrams at the helm, "Trekkies" were faced with the prospect of a film that would not only tinker with the history, but precede the narratives of the other ten films as well. A prequel. A re-launch of the franchise. The last time something like this happened to an established sci-fi universe of similar magnitude, we ended up with Jar-Jar Binks.

Despite these worries, the film was very successful with critics — due in large part to the amazing chemistry and sharp performances of the cast. Interestingly enough, Abrams himself is not a bona fide "Trekkie"; rather, he is a more casual fan who worked with writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ("Trekkies" themselves) to create a more balanced film that could be appreciated by a fresh audience too. As was expected, Abrams brought on his right-hand man of music, Michael Giacchino, to provide the musical score for Star Trek's rebirth.

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