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Soundtrack review: Justice League – Gods and monsters (Frederik Wiedmann – 2015)

Are you usually watching the “Justice League” cartoons? Or “Green lantern”? Well if you are, did you notice that one recurring character that always looks a little different? It’s a guy who doesn’t look like a superhero: he has glasses, a strange hat and always a smile on his face. His weapon of choice is also very different than the extravagant arsenal of the other heroes. You didn’t notice him? Well good then, because he’s not there. But he should be. If I were to watch these shows I would imagine this character as I listen to the thunderous and wonderful music he graces them with. Freddie Wiedmann can write any genre of film / TV / cartoon music you can imagine, but he always seems most comfortable in this dark and intense universe of comic book animations. Freddie Wiedmann is one of the names I get most excited about and every new score from him goes on the top of my priority list. I interviewed Freddie the evening after my daughter was born and this is another memory I will always cherish. Yeah, he’s also a great guy. I haven’t yet gotten over his “Spectrum” score and he’s already coming with something new.

Don’t let the word “animation” fool you. “Justice League: Gods and monsters” is a musical story about the dark past and background of three of the most important heroes. The music speaks of legends and you better be ready for some dark epic and alluring cues. From the opening “Last child of Krypton” I feel as if I am actually entering my own fortress of solitude, the familiar place where I am protected and where I can hide from the world. Freddie Wiedmann weaves a thick dark musical cape that fits right over my shoulders and that’s the only way I can leave the fortress and face the world. With this cape over me I feel invincible. I feel electricity crackle and I feel the pulses of energy run through me. The world is an unforgiving and dangerous place but I will find my place in it.

“God and monsters” is not as explosive and epic as “Green lantern”. The story asked for something different; darker, more complex, more layered. Just listen to the mysterious and longing sound of “In another life”. This cue tells me so many stories and makes me want to hear what happens next. I can’t get enough of the melodic musings and fantasies this wonderful piece of music brings to my mind. And then it just builds up into heroic and motivational. This is the stuff dreams are made of and I have another Freddie cue marked for the end of the year awards. “You belonged to someone once” presses all my buttons both with the powerful percussion section and with the epic sentimental motif.

Freddie’s brand of action music for these types of projects is already unique and recognizable to me and I am glad to hear it further developed and intensified. Not only am I not getting tired of it but I love every subtle new addition or reflection of a cue in another. A score like this is fun and passes very fast. You will not feel time passing and when it is over don’t be surprised to find yourself gripping a couple of toys with a determined look on your face. The music will inspire you and to me, listening to “Justice League: Gods and monsters” was the very definition of enjoyable time. This is one hour I will not regret spending in this company. But don’t listen to me. Listen to the score. You know what you come for and you be sure you are going to get it here.

Cue rating: 95 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 44 / 54

Album excellence: 82%

Highlights:

Last Child Of Krypton

Main Title

Another Kill

In Another Life

Torn Apart

No More Disappearing

A Warm Heart

You Belonged To Someone Once

Tasting Blood

13 No Redemption

Aftermath

Superman’s Legacy

Evacuate Metropolis

All Minds As One

Magnus

I Loved Two People

The Core

Be A Real Hero

Justice League: Gods And Monsters

Superman – Bomb (Bonus Track)

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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