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War for the Planet of the Apes
(2017)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Conducted by:
Marshall Bowen III

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Kryka
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Sony Classical
(August 4th, 2017)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're open to being surprised by the evolution of this franchise's music from its challenging, dissonant roots to the full-blown symphonic fantasy realm.

Avoid it... if those challenging roots were the reason you've always loved the music for this franchise, Michael Giacchino confining this disturbing, suspenseful ambience to mostly the beginning of this second entry for him.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,772
WRITTEN 12/18/17
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War for the Planet of the Apes: (Michael Giacchino) The prequel trilogy of Planet of the Apes films concludes its Caesar-inspired storyline with 2017's War for the Planet of the Apes, though it's unlikely Hollywood is finished with the famed Pierre Boulle concept. The Simian Flu virus that has evolved the apes to their newfound intelligence is now reverting humans to their destiny as mute simpletons, and factions of humans are now fighting the apes and each other as the fallout of the societal shift continues. The ape leader, Caesar, continues his quest to find a new paradise for his clan, but a group of renegade human soldiers tests his resolve for peace to the very end. The critically and financially successful films are of particular note for the visual rendering of the apes, and actor Andy Serkis as Caesar in particular, and among the more interesting mainstream reactions towards War for the Planet of the Apes has been sustained applause for Michael Giacchino's score. The composer accompanied director Matt Reeves to the franchise with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, taking the musical reigns from Patrick Doyle, who had to this point composed the best music of the series in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Unfortunately, Giacchino's music for the second film did not reprise any more than hints of Doyle's identities, and in its adherence to some of the weaker portions of the Giacchino scores for Land of the Lost and the television series, "Lost," the music for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was underachieving at best. The composer returns in better form for the third prequel installment, taking the opportunity to build upon his childhood passion for the concept's classic film series by merging hints of the original 1968 Jerry Goldsmith score's challenges with more conventionally leitmotific, orchestral bravado. Giacchino offers some writing credit to his 12-year-old son in his opening cue, akin to Basil Poledouris' owing of some elements of Conan the Barbarian to his young daughter at the time. Coincidentally, parts of War for the Planet of the Apes, especially the end of "Planet of the Escapes," exhibit parallels to Poledouris musical structures and tone, though most film music fans may not notice such references over the more blatant nods to Ennio Morricone in the composer and director's plight to make this film into a Western homage.



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Average: 3.38 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 75:35
• 1. Apes' Past is Prologue (10:53)
• 2. Assault of the Earth (5:29)
• 3. Exodus Wounds (4:23)
• 4. The Posse Polonaise (1:39)
• 5. The Bad Ape Bagatelle (1:13)
• 6. Don't Luca Now (3:53)
• 7. Koba Dependent (2:54)
• 8. The Ecstasy of the Bold (1:57)
• 9. Apes Together Strong (7:12)
• 10. A Tide in the Affairs of Apes (5:31)
• 11. Planet of the Escapes (2:42)
• 12. The Hating Game (2:04)
• 13. A Man Named Suicide (5:32)
• 14. More Red Than Alive (2:41)
• 15. Migration (2:03)
• 16. Paradise Found (5:35)
• 17. End Credits (9:30)

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The insert includes a list of performers and notes from the composer and director.
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