Composed By: Marco Bletrami
Distributed by: Sony Music
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman as Logan, AKA: Wolverine. Tormented by visions of Jean Grey after being forced to kill her in The Last Stand, Logan is living the life of a hermit in the Yukon when he is found by another mutant named Yukio on behalf of Yashida (Haruhiko Yamanouchi), the CEO of a Japanese technology corporation. Yashida is dying and wants to repay Logan for saving his life during the bombing of Nagasaki in World War II. But Yashida’s offer to transfer Logan’s healing abilities and end his immortality, a power Logan views as a curse, has barely been communicated before Logan finds himself on the run with Yashida’s granddaughter thanks to a power play by Yashida’s son and the Yakuza. With his healing abilities at less than full bore thanks to sabotage, will Wolverine survive this latest development in his eventful life?
The musical score of The Wolverine was created by American composer Marco Beltrami. Having attended the Yale School of Music and studying music in Italy, Beltrami learned the ins and outs of film composition with accomplished film score composer Jerry Goldsmith. His film composing career began in 1994 with Death Match. Since then, Beltrami has composed music for the Scream movies, Mimic, The Faculty, Tuesdays with Maurie, Resident Evil, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Underworld: Evolution, 3:10 to Yuma, The Hurt Locker, The Woman in Black and more.
I really looked forward to listening to The Wolverine Soundtrack as I expected great action elements and exotic sounds to coincide with Logan’s time in Japan. While I did get some of that in tracks like Logan's Run, Funeral Fight, Bullet Train and Ninja Quiet with it's fast-paced moments featuring awesome exotic percussion infused with edge of your seat stealthy strings, The Wolverine Soundtrack just wasn't what I was expecting.
Now, that isn't always a bad thing. When you are surprised by a score that isn't what you expected, sometimes it throws you off so badly that you have trouble reviewing it. Such was the case with this soundtrack. At first, I was extremely disenchanted with The Wolverine Soundtrack, finding it boring except for the tracks featuring heavy percussion and other strange sounds like chains, metal on metal, etc. I still love the tracks featuring these moments, but I decided to try listening to the soundtrack again to see if my first impression was off a bit.
I tried listening to this soundtrack three times. The final time, I had more of an understanding of the moments in the film being portrayed by the music of Beltrami thanks to the research I perform whenever I write a soundtrack review. That being said, I did have some appreciation for the quieter moments of the score. However, listening to The Wolverine Soundtrack three times didn't really give me an appreciation of the album as a whole. In fact, no one but a diehard fan would probably want to buy the entire soundtrack. I would recommend purchasing the mp3's of the tracks created for the action scenes in the film. The rest of the soundtrack isn't worth the money.