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Soundtrack review: Rise of the planet of the apes (Patrick Doyle, 2011)

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Soundtrack review: Rise of the planet of the apes (Patrick Doyle, 2011)


“Rise of the planet of the apes” was the first movie in the reboot of the famous franchise. I liked the movie; it was a smart and engaging start of the story. Patrick Doyle entered yet another franchise by scoring this movie. Back when I reviewed his score for Thor, I mentioned that what hurt it the most was that it wasn’t future proofed: Brian Tyler’s score for the sequel was amazing and made the first one almost forgettable.
The story is a little different for “Rise of the planet of the apes”. Here too the sequel was amazing and it will end up among the best scores of 2014 for me, but this isn’t what hurt Patrick Doyle’s score. It wasn’t that great to begin with. If I analyze the music of the franchise (8 scores in total), this one actually sits at the end of the first half of scores. It’s the only one kind of neutral, after three very good or exceptional (Dawn, the original “Planet of the apes” by Jerry Goldsmith and the 2001 remake by Danny Elfman) but before the other four scores which I found absolutely dreadful. If I analyze this score by itself, or compared to other Doyle compositions, it doesn’t belong in the top half.
My problem with “Rise of the planet of the apes” is that it’s boring and it has no heart. I gave it more than one chance, I listened to it carefully, even after seeing and liking the movie, but I got nothing. It didn’t move me one bit. There might have been parts of cues that showed some heart, but very little. The rest of it was low key and bland music.
I did find a couple of cues that I actually enjoyed, “Off you go” and “Rocket attacks Caesar”, and one I loved, the end cue, “Caesar’s home”. This last one is helped a lot by the scene in the movie and by how emotional and premonitory it is. Other than that, “Rise” isn’t a score I will listen to again.
My ratings:
Cue rating: 63 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 8/61
Album excellence: 13%
Cues to listen to:
Off You Go
Dodge Hoses Caesar
Rocket Attacks Caesar
Caesar’s Home
Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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