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Pan
(2015)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Andrew Kinney
John Kull
Mark Graham
Rick Giovinazzo
Tommy Laurence

Co-Produced and Additional Arrangements by:
Matthew Margeson

Additional Music and Arrangements by:
Anthony Willis
Batu Sener
Paul Mounsey
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WaterTower Music
(October 6th, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire a predictably dynamic and entertaining orchestral and choral powerhouse score from John Powell, a delightful romp very true to the composer's usual instrumental, rhythmic, and melodic mannerisms in the genre.

Avoid it... if you seek more than simply an arguably inferior offshoot to the How to Train Your Dragon scores, Powell's work here almost constantly reminiscent of his prior successes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,614
WRITTEN 12/18/15
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Pan: (John Powell) Let 2015's "Peter Pan" prequel serve as a prime example of how to mangle an otherwise promising concept and lose a significant chunk of change in the process. A worldwide fiscal failure, Joe Wright's Pan sought to tell the origins story of the relationships between J.M. Barrie's characters of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, and others, with the most intriguing nugget being a close friendship between Peter and a young Hook that lasts the entirety of this film. They team with Tiger Lily and the natives of Neverland to battle the pirate Blackbeard, who is harvesting pixie dust to preserve his own youth. At least Warner Brothers took time to avoid depictions of the natives and their culture that were bait for claims of racism, as had been the case in several prior incarnations of the tale on screen. With the relationship between Peter and Hook at center stage, clearly there was a sequel planned to explain details of the interim between this story and the classic original, but chances of such an entry are now diminished. An incoherent narrative and visuals seemed to be the most panned elements of this project, and its original score by Wright's former collaborator, Dario Marianelli, was targeted after poor test screenings. With Marianelli's work removed, Warner turned to veteran children's film composer John Powell in hopes of translating some of his How to Train Your Dragon success into a quick fix for Pan. Not surprisingly, Powell offered a late-hour replacement score that does indeed reflect much of the musical equation that formulates the How to Train Your Dragon scores, and that feat alone is quite commendable. His music didn't ultimately save the picture, however, in part because of a number of truly obnoxious source adaptations for use in the film. Someone must have thought that it would be a good idea for the Blackbeard crew to perform Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" in stomp-singing fashion on screen, and, alongside two Lily Allen songs, the sung material in Pan is totally incongruent with the remainder of the soundtrack, with the exception of some attempts by Powell to use stomping percussive sections for his Blackbeard crew-related score cues as something of a bridge between the songs and his material. The songs are so awkward, however, that these efforts are unsuccessful.



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*Dario Marianelli not Mario Darianelli :-) *NM*   Expand >>
kalie - December 18, 2015, at 8:59 p.m.
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Newest: December 23, 2015, at 10:07 p.m. by
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LOVED this score!
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 69:48
• 1. Opening Overture (2:41)
• 2. Air Raid/Office Raid (1:40)
• 3. Kidnapped/Galleon Dog Fight (5:09)
• 4. Floating/Neverland Ahoy! (2:29)
• 5. Smells Like Teen Spirit - performed by Cast (2:11)
• 6. Blitzkrieg Bop - performed by Cast (0:58)
• 7. Murmurs of Love and Death (3:27)
• 8. Mine Escape (5:01)
• 9. Inverted Galleon (1:56)
• 10. Neverbirds (1:54)
• 11. Something's Not Right - performed by Lily Allen (3:20)
• 12. Tramp Stamp (2:33)
• 13. Origin Story (3:57)
• 14. Pirates vs. Natives vs. Heroes vs. Chickens (4:21)
• 15. Crocodiles and Mermaids (3:23)
• 16. A Warrior's Fate (4:10)
• 17. Flying Ship Fight (7:23)
• 18. A Boy Who Could Fly (5:10)
• 19. Transfiguration (2:18)
• 20. Fetching the Boys (3:10)
• 21. Little Soldier - performed by Lily Allen (2:37)

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