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Pacific Rim by Ramin Djawadi (Review)

posted Jul 3, 2013, 10:59 AM by Kaya Savas

Ramin Djawadi has always been composing amazing music. He has the ability to adapt to pretty much any story and setting. From Ask The Dust, Beat The Drum, the Medal Of Honor video game reboots, Game Of Thrones to Iron Man he’s always adapting. The score for Pacific Rim is exactly what you’d expect for this kind of movie. It’s a “balls to the wall” action score at times, but it also has many layers. This isn’t a wallpaper score and in fact it’s quite good and quite entertaining. 

The first thing that Djawadi fans will recognize are the similarities between his Iron Man score and this. Yes, he brings the rock aspect in first and honestly it’s awesome. The theme is great, catchy and sets the groundwork for what’s to come. There is a lot of music here and it’s structured very well. After our rockstar intro we get some more setup and even some beautiful emotions in the track “Mako”. Once all hell breaks loose Djawadi brings in the big orchestral sounds mixed in with some synths and percussion. Near the halfway point we get some fantastic choral work. It gives the score a sense of grandeur and doom. The deep male chorus full of grunts and chants also give the film a rough masculinity. Let’s be honest here, not many females are gonna be clamoring to see robots fight monsters. The movie and score both have their boyish charm that will reawaken the giddy 12-year old boy in anyone, maybe even the ladies who knows? The best part of the score is that it has many other fun melodies worked into it so it never becomes dull or one-note. It’s a fun ride all the way though.

Pacific Rim is a very fun score from Ramin Djawadi. It shows his versatility to adapt and infuse his style into anything. A lot of people will criticize the use of electric guitars and there’s no pleasing those people. So no point in arguing. Let them sit in their rocking chairs on their porches and yell about how scores should be, if you ignore them then they will fade away. This is how a score for an epic monster movie should be, and every moment was a blast.