The Fantastic Four

Musical Score By: Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass

Distributed by: Sony Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four film franchise, Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) are childhood friends and scientists who have developed a prototype teleporter.  Professor Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey), director of a research institute for young prodigies, recruits them to work alongside his daughter Sue (Kate Mara) and Johnny (Michael B. Jordan) to perfect the project.  Unable to pursue his dream to have members of NASA travel to a parallel universe via the transporter, Franklin Storm instead conducts an unsanctioned mission using Reed, Ben, Sue, Johnny and  fellow scientist and rival for Sue's affections, Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbel).  A freak accident causes each member of the team to return with amazing abilities such as invisibility, enhanced strength and elasticity, but is the world ready for the group's new powers?

                The musical score of The Fantastic Four was created by Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass.  Beltrami is an American composer who became a force to be reckoned with in the movie score industry following his composition for the movie Scream.  Since then, he has created musical scores for a number of films, including Mimic, The Faculty, The Woman in Black, 3:10 to Yuma, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, The Hurt Locker, World War Z, Snowpiercer and more.  Philip Glass is an American musician and composer who, in the past twenty-five years has composed over twenty-eight operas, ten symphonies, concertos for various instruments and a number of film music scores, including Kundun, The Hours, The Truman Show and Notes on a Scandal.

                Orchestral and electronic/synth sounds combine to create a dramatic superhero score.  Fast-paced strings with horn accompaniments are a theme that is present throughout the film, something of a superhero theme without that da-da-da-daaa superhero horn flare.  Heavy kettle drum strikes and dramatic strings and horns, sometimes accompanied by metal on metal strikes (perhaps muted cymbals) create that feeling of danger.  Fast tapping on muted snares accompany tracks in which our heroes find themselves in running mode.     

                The Fantastic Four reboot did not receive a very good reception in the box office.  In fact, the movie tanked, but that was in no way caused by the musical score.  Moreover, I believe the score created by the composing team of Beltrami and Glass may be the shining light in the disaster that was the film.  The Fantastic Four Soundtrack is definitely worth checking out, even if the film is one to avoid.


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