Score Reviews‎ > ‎

Gods Of Egypt by Marco Beltrami (Review)

posted Mar 4, 2016, 12:38 PM by Leo Mayr   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 4:29 PM by Kaya Savas ]

In recent years there have been several films made entirely around the idea of having a trailer full of epic CGI action to sell lots of tickets. While some examples like Pacific Rim are incredibly fun, others failed to entertain audiences. The trailers for the upcoming film Gods Of Egypt failed completely at attracting my attention until I found out who would be composing the music. Marco Beltrami has composed some of my favourite scores over the past couple of years, so I reconsidered hating the film completely. After all, bad films can have amazing music.

The score starts out really promising with "Gods Of Egypt Prologue", a track that introduces us to the main themes that carry throughout the album. The score sounds a lot like the "cliche Egyptian film", but with Beltrami gives it an exciting main theme. The music is indeed a lot of fun to listen to. "Coronation" is another great example to hear the main theme in its full glory. What follows is a mix of beautiful emotional moments, uninteresting suspense, ambience and a few bursts of Beltrami's finest action writing. Beltrami never unfolds his full potential, instead going for a mostly uninteresting and generic approach. The music does its job but fails to do anything else. The listening experience has a lot of forgettable moments that may work well for the film but for someone just listening to the music it just feels too long. The action parts are the most memorable moments with Beltrami's finest action writing and some elements that, surprisingly enough, really reminded me of some of John Williams's action scores. "Snakes On A Plain", "Elevator Music" and the two parts of "Obelisk Fight" are the best tracks the album has to offer after the impressive prologue sequence.

Overall, Beltrami's talent feels wasted on this score. While there is a great main theme tying everything together, some incredible action and the distinctive "Egyptian" sound, the overall experience feels just a little too dragged out. Fans of action scores and Beltrami's work will definitely find some great moments here, but it the end the score is enjoyable in the moment yet ultimately forgettable.