Posted by: JoukoYli-Kiikka <Send E-Mail> Date: Monday, July 18, 2011, at 4:32 a.m. IP Address: gzmycccvi.gprs.sl-laajakaista.fi
This score was one in my high expected list of the 2011 soundtracks. Patrick Doyle's scores have become some of my all time favourites, and Doyle didn't fail me with this one. Thor is a grand, epic, melodic and perfect sounding entry into the superhero genre. The orchestrations by Doyle and James Shearman are both familiar and surprising in terms of a Doyle score. While there are a loads of Doyle trademarks in this score, the score does sound a bit more "modern" in comparison to early, more classical feeling Doyle compositions. There are synthetically created percussion sounds (Doyle doesn't rely on synths often) and loads of other very appropiate sounding percussions, giving the movie is about a thunder god who uses a very big hammer... I'm very pleased Doyle uses so many different percussive elements here!
One thing I've always loved about Doyle is his ability to create beautiful and memorable melodic lines within his music. Thor does contain many very Doyleish melodies, and one of my favourites here is the theme heard for example in tracks "Loki's Lie" and "Letting Go". The main theme is presented in grand fashion in "Prologue" and "Earth to Asgard". Wonderful stuff!
I recommend this score to all Doyle fans out there and also to fans of epic, symphonic orchestral film music. Superhero scores don't get much better and Doyle proved he can handle the music of Marvel universe in a cool way without abandoning his style.