The Marvel onslaught continues with Ant-Man as we get to see the origins of another superhero. Except here Marvel decides to do something similar to the approach of Captain America: Winter Soldier, and that would be genre bending. Winter Soldier is probably my favorite Marvel film so far because it tried to be something else besides a typical formulaic Marvel movie. Ant-Man does this as well in a very different way. While Winter Soldier is a throwback to some of the classic political thrillers like Three Days Of The Condor, Ant-Man tries to be part of the heist film genre. Christophe Beck took that approach with the score to a pretty successful outcome.
I love that the score for Ant-Man plays with the superhero and superpower aspects of the character in a very minimal way. The score is more in sync with the character and plot rather than trying to be something heroic. That makes for a score that is tonally quirky, fun and has a personality. Just like the titular hero, Beck can scale the music to be as big or as small as he needs it to be. When we are in the midst of big action then the music is big and bold. When we are sneaking around and are being quiet, the music scales back and focuses more on smaller textures. The theme is used throughout, which is nice. And thankfully the theme feels unique and of the character instead of a more generic sounding hero theme. Structurally the score is a pretty sound narrative, with lots of moments that engage and entertain. This is a Marvel film though, so any emotion or “stakes” feel forced and a bit inorganic especially since this film pushes the comedy side a bit more than others. In those instances, Beck is just doing what he can with the scene.
Despite all the behind the scenes drama of getting Ant-Man to the screen, the end result is a pleasant distraction. The score from Christophe Beck is full of personality and a style that fits like a glove to the titular hero. The score finds its tone and successfully weaves between quieter heist moments, some heroic action and some fun quirks thrown in. Beck was an excellent choice here and his score is lots of fun, and actually has both substance and style.
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