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Soundtrack review: Hercules (Fernando Velasquez – 2014)

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Without a doubt, “Hercules” is one of the most worthy epic action scores of 2014

 

This year we got two movies about the legendary Hercules. The first one had a brilliant score by Tuomas Kantelinen, but the movie was destroyed by critics. The second one stars The Rock as the hero and has a score by Fernando Velasquez, a composer I am familiar with and whose work I really like.

And wow, what a score this one is! It is a joy and a pleasure to listen to it. The music that Fernando Velasquez wrote tells a story as beautiful and exciting as the one from the legends. There’s the epic theme of Hercules… there are action cues which will end up among the best of the year… there are emotions as strong as Hercules himself.
And all of this blends together in a score that mirrors the main character. “Bessi’s Valley” made me think of Brian Tyler because of how well the action sounds and mixes with emotion. This cue could have been on the “Turtles” or “Thor” scores without any trouble. This is one of the 6 minute long cues that stand out from this score. I actually think of the first few cues before it as one single long track, because they would have worked even better like that.

“Hercules” is one of those scores which will remain in your mind long after they are done, because of the power in its themes, because of the thundering echo and because Fernando Velasquez wrote a score worthy of the hero. In 65 minutes you never get bored, appreciating the quieter moments as well.

Without a doubt, “Hercules” is one of the most worthy epic action scores of 2014 and the only one who can go head to head with Brian Tyler’s mighty “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” composition.

Cue rating: 87 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 52 / 65

Album excellence: 80%

Highlights:

Son of Zeus

Pirate’s Camp

Hercules

Arrival at Lord Cotys’ City

Flashback

Athens

I Will Believe In You

The Lion’s Tooth

Bessi’s Valley

Bessi-Battle

Training

Centaurs

The Battle

Final Fight & Tydeus’ Death

The Statue Falls

Comrades Stand Together

Alternative Ending

End-Titles

Choir Theme

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

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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