Spider-Man: Homecoming

Composed By: Michael Giacchino

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In Spider-Man: Homecoming, a second reboot of the Spider-Man movie series, high school student Peter Parker (Tom Holland), fresh off of his thrilling experience with the Avengers, must return home to his studies and his Aunt May (Marissa Tomei).  He tries to go back to leading a normal life, but still strives to prove his capabilities to mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.).  When he comes across an arms deal, leading him back to a new villain, Parker believes this to be his grand opportunity, but soon finds everything he loves threatened by the Vulture (Michael Keaton).

                The musical score of Spider-Man: Homecoming was created by award-winning American composer Michael Giacchino.  He began realizing his film composing abilities at the age of ten, creating stop-motion films with homemade soundtracks.  Giacchino would eventually attend the School of Visual Arts and graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, followed by music classes at Julliard.  After completing a six-month internship with Universal, he was hired by the company and ended up at Disney, eventually composing music for Disney Interactive on games like Gargoyles, The Lion King and more.  In 2001, Giacchiono was tapped to create the music for the television series Lost.  Since then, he has created musical scores for popular video games, television series and movies such as Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, The Incredibles, The Family Stone, Up, Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Mission: Impossible III, Star Wars: Rogue One and more.

                The Spider-Man Homecoming Soundtrack features the theme from the Spider-Man television series, which I got a real kick out of being a fan of the show when I was a kid.  The rest of the album features a score that is mainly orchestral.  Things begin in a rather quirky, comic-like style, perhaps representing that nerdy, high school Peter Parker style.  Things become more serious as the soundtrack moves forward and the latest villain is revealed.  Action scenes feature horns, fast-paced strings, crashing cymbals and heavy percussion.  Flutes and violins represent Spider-man and his high flying, web-slinging travels through the city.  There are peeks here and there of electric guitars and piano.  Vulture Clash, which I take to be a battle between our web-slinging hero and the villain, features a distinctive hammer on metal sound.

                The Spider-Man Homecoming Soundtrack features everything I would expect from a Marvel superhero score, with adrenaline-pumping, fast-paced music, rising in crescendo the more serious the battles become.  Of course, there are interludes of softer music to represent the internal struggles as well as relationships between the superhero and the people he holds dear.  Michael Giacchino took all those superhero score cues and ran with them, creating a score that makes the visuals of the film that much more exciting.  Bravo!


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