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The Cloverfield Paradox by Bear McCreary (Review)

posted Mar 9, 2018, 1:27 AM by Leo Mayr

The Cloverfield Paradox
is the third in a series of loosely connected science fiction movies produced by JJ Abrams. Arguably the weakest of the three, Paradox still manages to have some fun with the genre, largely thanks to Bear McCreary’s fantastic score. At some point during production, the film was aquired by Netflix and released straight to their service, skipping a theatrical release alltogether. Yet, by the high quality of the special effects and orchestral score, you can still tell that it was initially made for cinemas. 

Having scored 10 Cloverfield Lane, McCreary’s involvement here doesn't come as a surprise. Similarily, his approach shouldn’t surprise you, as it is very much remniscient of his previous work on the franchise. There are no themes being reused, but the style does feel quite familiar, even though you can tell right away, that instead of the claustrophobic bunker in Lane, we’re now aboard a large space station.
The score’s main theme is quite simple, but implemented well enough to stick in your head, and there’s a fantastic emotional theme that pops up from time to time, giving the music a somewhat basic sense of development. McCreary handles the suspenseful moments as well as could be expected, and manages to have a lot of fun with the films’s rather lengthy action scenes. Due to the popularity of the "trapped in space" genre, there are no major surprises to be found, but it's still fun to see different takes on what's essentially the same kind of movie. Everything about Bear McCreary's score is executed nicely, and the whole thing just does not feel like a straight-to-Netflix production. 

While The Cloverfield Paradox may not be as great as the previous films, it does manage to further explore the world these movies share. McCreaey delivers a fun “trapped in space” score that really makes the experience worthwhile.