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  1. I thought the track sounded okay (I like that choir at the beginning), and I'm curious to hear the rest. I started listening to a lot of Desplat after he was originally announced for Rogue One, and I never felt that action music was one of his strengths. He can write some catchy, lyrical themes and pieces, but I generally find his action material lacking. That had me worried for his Rogue One score, and was why I was so happy when Giacchino (my original pick/hope) took over. I don't like to compare this to Giacchino's Rogue One, because while I really, really like Giacchino's score, we'll never know what it would've sounded like if Giacchino had been given as much time to write it as he was for, say, Star Trek Beyond or as Desplat was for this. And we also don't know what sound Desplat would've used for Rogue One, because I don't think Desplat's Valerian sound here would've worked in Rogue One. Likewise, Giacchino might've produced a more Jupiter Ascending-style sound if he had been chosen for Valerian--we'll just never know. So, short story long, I don't think Rogue One vs. Valerian is a fair comparison... ...but since everyone is comparing/will compare them anyway, my vote is still for Giacchino.
  2. All I meant was that since multiple reviews are mentioning the score, it sounds like the score must stand out (in a good way) in this one--which excites me, because Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is among my most favorite Giacchino scores. From IGN, who gave the film a 9.5/10:
  3. Slashfilm gave the film (and Giacchino's score) a very positive review! Source: 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Review: One of the Most Significant Blockbusters of the Decade
  4. Track list! My most anticipated 2017 Giacchino score. (Beware of spoilers)
  5. *insert gif of Mace Windu saying "Our worst fears have been realized."* One of my fears when Lucasfilm started making Star Wars films again was that Zimmer or his clones would eventually score a Star Wars movie. I guess it's a real possibility now... I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for Giacchino.
  6. A thought: From this tweet, it sounds like they've been in the studio before to record some music. Since the picture that I originally linked to in the main post was sheet music with Giacchino's name on it, posted on Facebook by a Mexican band (Banda Tierra Mojada), that would mean (assuming the image was legit) that they were already recording some of Giacchino's score in the studio by at least December. So while this tweet doesn't confirm anything, it doesn't rule out Giacchino's involvement either... Also, in this interview, Giacchino mentions that there are some movies he can't announce his involvement with yet, and then lists everything we know he's attached to at this point (Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, Incredibles 2, and Jurassic World 2). So, given that there's something else on the horizon that Giacchino can't announce yet, and given that the sheet music image on Facebook was quickly removed and there is still no official announcement on a composer for Coco, maybe Giacchino really is scoring this, and Pixar is just trying to keep his involvement a secret for some reason. But why keep something like this a secret? (Maybe this is too much theorizing, but a guy can dream, right?)
  7. I really liked the suite! I feel like Giacchino's theme is a nice, balanced representation of Tom Holland's Peter Parker (a naive, well-meaning high schooler) and this Spider-Man (a coming-of-age superhero), at least as they appear in Civil War and in the trailers for this movie. Admittedly, I'm not as familiar with the other Spider-Man themes beyond their main titles, but I feel like Giacchino's theme could service this iteration of the character well. I like the Vulture's theme, too, though I do agree that it sounds like it could be a Star Trek villain's theme (not that that's a bad thing), and I love what I assume is the love theme toward the end of the suite. I'm excited to hear these themes used in context!
  8. I agree. I saw the movie Thursday night, and I found it perfectly enjoyable. It seems to me that the critics felt "betrayed" by the genre shift or felt that the genre shift was a result of "clumsiness" on Trevorrow's part, but honestly, the genre shift (i.e., the preparation for and suspense of the film's third act) was my favorite part of the movie. I also enjoyed Naomi Watts' performance. Overall, I don't think the movie deserves the disgust the critics appear to have for it, and I'm still very excited to see Trevorrow's Episode IX. I like Giacchino's score, too. Admittedly, I'm a bigger fan of his blockbuster scores than his smaller scores, but I like the colors in this one, and the score plays well throughout the movie. The score in the "Research and Development" scene really stood out to me in the theater, so I was happy to hear that cue on the soundtrack. Also, I'm not bothered by Giacchino's punny track titles like some are, but I did find it odd that he chose "regular" track titles for this with the exception of Anyway, other than those and "The Parable of the Talents," the rest of the track titles just reflect events in the movie (unless I'm missing a pun somewhere). Thanks, Richard! Nice to be back! I'm sad I missed most of the discussions on Giacchino's recent scores, but at least I'm back in time for Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes!
  9. The film comes out next Friday, June 16, but we haven't heard anything about a soundtrack release yet (unlike War for the Planet of the Apes and Spider-Man: Homecoming, which come out next month and have both been announced). Could it be possible that someone announces the soundtrack and releases it by Friday, or could this mean the soundtrack is delayed or not guaranteed?
  10. According to sources, the delay was because the film was testing well with audiences and the studio felt that the film would perform better earlier in the summer (June) rather than in September. From Variety:
  11. The new trailer is exciting! Lots of potential for Giacchino!
  12. The first trailer has been released! I'm intrigued. I'm excited to hear what approach Giacchino takes for this.