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The Fate Of The Furious by Brian Tyler

posted May 1, 2017, 10:20 AM by Leo Mayr

With the Fast & Furious franchise heading into a slightly different direction for its eighth installment, composer Brian Tyler once again shows off his skills as an action movie composer. Having composed four other entries in the franchise, it should come as no surprise that Tyler once again delivers a top notch action score.

Where Tyler's score for the third Expendables movie almost exclusively consisted of music heard in the previous films, for The Fate Of The Furious Tyler has reused only a few key themes. Most notably the "Fast Five" theme that previously appeared in Furious 7 and has seemingly become the main theme for the franchise. Tyler has been rather generous with electronic music recently, and The Fate Of The Furious is no different. Almost every action piece has at least some electronic textures to it, giving the score a very distinct sound. While there are a few great emotional moments, the movie really doesn't leave a lot of space for musical storytelling, instead leading from one action set-piece to the next, throwing in licensed songs seemingly at random. Tyler was able to throw in a few nuanced and emotional pieces, but none are quite as engaging or memorable as Furious 7's conclusion.

The action music could hardly be more fast paced and fun, and luckily, there's a lot of it. From the opening race to the final submarine chase, Tyler goes all out with orchestral action that is frequently supported by electronic textures much in the same way Furious 7 sounded. The "Fast Five" theme is kept until the final action scene, but when it does return, it does so louder and more intense than ever. Tyler's theme for Deckard Shaw, Furious 7's primary antagonist makes a few appearance, as does a short theme for Roman and of course, the all important theme for Letty, making for a great musical sequel.

While The Fate Of The Furious doesn't reinvent the wheel, it does manage to create some fun action scenes, with Tyler once again showing off his skills as an action composer. The score rarely slows down and is pure fun from start to finish. While some criticize the franchise for refusing to end, personally, I don't have a problem with never-ending sequels as long as the scores are this fun.