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Soundtrack review: Deadpool 2 (Tyler Bates – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: Deadpool 2 (Tyler Bates – 2018)



“Deadpool 2” is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is intended to be the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series, and a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy. In the film, Deadpool forms the team X-Force to protect a young mutant from Cable.

The “X-men” world and lore is my favourite out of all the superhero worlds and even if Deadpool is a different kind of story and character I’m still all in. In between touring with Marilyn Manson Tyler Bates has found time to conquer a few steady and enjoyable franchises like “John Wick”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and, now, “Deadpool”. This score is surprisingly short given that usually superhero blockbusters get massive releases. And speaking of massive, Josh Brolin is having fun these days playing both Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity war” and Cable in this one.

It’s Tyler Bates so naturally the intro “X-men arrive” is just based on a heavy metal riff announcing, well, massive things. “Fighting dirty” lets me know once again that when he writes for Marvel this particular composer metamorphoses into a superhero himself and gets what the story is about; this cue is a combination of thunderous percussion and trailer like choirs that simply makes me want to turn the volume higher and higher. This is the very definition of holding nothing back. I like the raw, dripping testosterone in this score as the cues seem to spell doom one after the other. I must admit I was expecting a bit of comedy but Tyler Bates just goes with power and nothing else, with echoes to scores like Transformers or Brian Tyler’s Marvel compositions.

I know I’ve given Tyler Bates a hard time for scores like “John Wick chapter 2” or “24 hours to live” but I have nothing but praise for “Deadpool 2” which shows how complex and multidimensional he can write when give the right story. “Vanessa” provides the first break in that insane pace with a warm, melodic theme that adds a but more heart to the composition. There is a comedic element in this one as well which fits with the rest of the sound as, for example “Weasel Interrogation” gave me a shade of James Bond nostalgia as well. These extra nuggets make the album even more enjoyable.

“Deadpool 2” is, quite unexpectedly for me, a Marvel superhero score in all its glory. Tyler Bates wrote a balls to the walls action score that makes me think of giant monsters actually; he just turned on the jets and with pulsating percussion, spectacular riffs, Gladiator choirs with R Rated lyrics and a shredding pace just invited me on an adrenaline filled rollercoaster I will gladly right again whenever I will feel the need of a concentrated energy shot.

Cue rating: 80 / 100

Fighting Dirty
Hello Super Powers
Mutant Convoy
Maximum Effort
Courage Mother F*****

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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