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• Posted by: Steven P.
• Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 3:04 p.m.
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• Now Playing: Jason Bourne - Powell

I've been revisiting Powell's scores for the Bourne series. His score for the final film, Jason Bourne, always struck me as uninspired and not adding much to the series. I started thinking that there are several sequel scores where a composer returns after composing music for an earlier film, and just seems to deliver more of the same.

Brian Tyler instantly comes to mind, because after Fast Five I felt like all his Fast & Furious scores basically followed the same blue-print with very little deviation. In fact, he might be one of the worst offenders since I could say the same for Rambo: Last Blood and Expendables 3 as well.

Some others I thought of:

Transformers 5 - Jablonsky
Toy Story 4 - R. Newman
Men in Black: International - Elfman
Pirate of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides - Zimmer
Shrek 3 & 4 - HGW

I'm not saying the scores are bad, just that I think more could have been done to develop existing thematic ideas or add more new ones.

Any others that you would add to this list?

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