Brian Tyler delivered the amazing goods for Iron Man 3. He had a double feature this May as he opened and closed the month in theaters. His score for Now You See Me is a wonderfully well-executed caper romp even though there is not an ounce of character in it. The music does a great job of setting the mood and acting in the background. What makes the score work is that it has an identifiable sound, wonderful orchestration and the melodies are catchy as hell.
The film itself is a complete dud, but I’m happy to say that the score lives wonderfully outside the movie. Pulsating strings and throwback sounds to classic caper scores make the music here very likable. You do get absorbed into it very easy. It hooks you very much like a good stage show in that it will keep you thoroughly entertained. The film presents itself as one big illusion that works towards a twist ending and the score does a great job mirroring that. There are rises and falls in the action, and Tyler even adds a grand scope of awe to it all. It’s actually a very impressive score for what it’s accompanying. Some moments are a bit quieter and intriguing, but parts of it feel like any modern action score. A hint of funk to the soundscape gives the score its fun edge. By the time it ends you have no problem taking the ride once again. It’s a score that has that great orchestral approach Tyler is known for with some modern twists to make it fun.
Now You See Me isn’t a complexly structured caper score like you’d expect, but his themes and execution are extremely engaging. You will have an absolute blast with the score as it does make you feel like you’re part of a show. The action sequences are also engaging enough for multiple listens, but don’t expect any character or emotion. The rest of the album is filled with songs and remixes so the score experience is short and sweet, but it doesn’t feel lacking. You get everything that the film required of Brian Tyler and that’s a-okay for a throwaway summer flick.