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Hancock
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Kevin Kliesch
Dave Metzger
Randy Kerber
Brad Dechter
Germaine Franco
Jane Antonia Cornish

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
Don Harper
Blake Neely

Additional Music by:
James McKee Smith
John Ashton Thomas
Henry Jackman

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 1st, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can be patient with the retro jazz portion of the score for the title character's cool persona and appreciate the more thematically cohesive and largely orchestral "revelation cues" at the end.

Avoid it... if you require your scores to have a distinct anchor in theme or tone from start to finish, for John Powell's score is as transient in its first half as the title character in the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #910
WRITTEN 7/26/08
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Hancock: (John Powell) With such an intriguing concept at its core, it's disappointing that director Peter Berg's Hancock was hacked into such a confusing mess. In its short hour and a half, the film attempted to merge two completely different kinds of fantasy concepts into one, and unfortunately, the part everybody seems to have liked was that which occupied the first half of Hancock. In that half, Will Smith carries the film with his carefree, "asshole" persona, a smart-mouthed anti-hero who saves people with his special powers despite a complete lack of appreciation, not to mention police and lawyers in pursuit. The premise of Hancock is surprisingly similar to that of the Pixar hit The Incredibles, portraying the real world as treating its superheroes with either indifference or lawsuits. Despite the potential of that premise, Hancock explores significantly larger fantasy topics with almost Shakespearean tragedy in tow, leading to a film ultimately far weightier than it needed to be. These flaws in the story didn't stop Smith's attractively defiant attitude from helping Hancock to significant box office returns, however. John Powell's music for the film suffers from all of the problems inherent with an untethered script, bouncing through genres of music with reckless abandon. Powell's extensive talents in all of the necessary genres allows for a score that competently travels through the three emotional realms of the film: lonely confidence with snazzy attitude, straight superhero action, and the contemplative "meaning of life" material caused by the last 40 minutes of the production. Weaving in and out of these three general sides of the score are two dominant thematic structures that receive significant exploration. These two themes end up being the salvation of a score that otherwise wanders through the remainder of its material in workmanlike, but bland fashion. Critical ears will also hear influences from other composers' music mixed into the equation at times, too, making Hancock a purely average listening experience.



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Alternate review of Hancock at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - September 15, 2008, at 1:18 a.m.
1 comment  (1988 views)
Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N. - August 10, 2008, at 2:21 p.m.
1 comment  (1865 views)
Good score
Amuro - August 2, 2008, at 12:35 p.m.
1 comment  (1756 views)
Diamond in the rough
Jeff Hanlen - July 31, 2008, at 7:43 p.m.
1 comment  (1947 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 44:35
• 1. SUV Chase (2:01)
• 2. John, Meet Ray (2:05)
• 3. Train Disaster (2:40)
• 4. Meatballs? (0:57)
• 5. The Trailer (2:00)
• 6. French Asshole (1:32)
• 7. Superhero Comix (0:44)
• 8. You Should Go! (0:51)
• 9. Mary Brings Meatballs (1:33)
• 10. Getting Therapy (2:18)
• 11. To War (1:19)
• 12. I Really HATE That Word (0:48)
• 13. Standing Ovation (1:06)
• 14. The Kiss (2:20)
• 15. Indestructible (2:05)
• 16. Hollywood Blvd (6:24)
• 17. Mortal (5:27)
• 18. Upon Us All (1:19)
• 19. Death and Transfiguration (3:55)
• 20. The Moon and the Superhero (3:13)

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