Soundtrack review: Power Rangers (Brian Tyler -2017)
“Saban’s Power Rangers” (or simply Power Rangers) is a 2017 American superhero film based on the team of the same name, written by John Gatins and directed by Dean Israelite. It is the third film of the Power Rangers film franchise, and is a reboot that features the main characters of the original Power Rangers television series, portrayed by a new cast. The film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. In the film, Zordon recruits five high school students to form a team that must stop an alien threat led by the witch Rita Repulsa. I used to watch Power Rangers as a kid. The score was written by Brian Tyler.
Now when I see his name attached to a superhero movie I get all excited because right now and it’s been so for a few years, nobody can write a cracking, catchy and adrenaline filled theme like he can. Thor, Turtles, Transformers, Avengers, everything Brian touches turns to inspirational goodness. Naturally, I expect to have yet another theme to add to my tempo running playlist. Ready, steady, go since the theme naturally opens the score. If you could see the smile growing on my face as the theme develops you would know that it starts slow and builds up into a military like anthem, melodic and inspirational that reminds me of his “Battle LA” score more than anything else. It’s not the best he’s ever written and it won’t be on my running playlist but it sets a good and optimistic mood for the score. The “Battle LA” vibe continues with the powerful electric guitar motifs and the buildups that give a very fresh and enjoyable tone to the album. There are nice melodies that make me thin of flags rising towards the sun and arcade game electronic pulses that remind me what the story is about.
Brian Tyler has reached a level of comfort and confidence in his music that allows him to fill the 75 minutes of a CD to the brim with music without worrying about the filler moments simply because there really are none. Be it sparkling action or inspirational anthems (“United”) and even emotional cues, everything works in this score; it’s nothing original and I will not recognize the main theme as fast as I do “Teenage mutant ninja turtles” but even not so original Brian Tyler is something that beats most of what’s out there today. Almost every cue is a nugget of inspiration and hope and I listen to all of them just anticipating the moment when the music soars and the buildup makes me want to get out of my chair.
If you like Brian Tyler’s music in general and if you were a fan of his “Battle LA” and “Transformers Prime” scores in particular you will have fun with this one, even if it’s a bit too long for what it offers.
Cue rating: 86 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 33 / 75
Album excellence: 44%
Power Rangers Theme
Seek Those Who Are Worthy
It’s Morphing Time!
The Morphing Grid
Hold The Line
The Final Stand
Go Go Power Rangers — End Titles