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Spider-Man: Far From Home
(2019)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Marshall Bowen III

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Kryka
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Sony Classical
(July 5th, 2019)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... on the strength of the villain's material, for Michael Giacchino really excels at providing Mysterio with an evolving identity that outshines all other development in the score.

Avoid it... if you can't help but continue comparing Giacchino's main themes for the Spider-Man, Parker, and MJ characters to Danny Elfman's superior legacy work for those concepts in nearly identical scenes.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home: (Michael Giacchino) Sneaking in behind Marvel's massive Avengers: Endgame in 2019 was Spider-Man: Far From Home, a direct sequel to the 2017 reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming. With 23 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe already in the franchise and five pre-existing "Spider-Man" entries over multiple character sets prior to this incarnation, one might think that audiences are tired of seeing the same scenarios rehashed over and over again in these action/fantasy films. But, alas, they awarded Spider-Man: Far From Home with another $1.1 billion in grosses and ensured a healthy continuation of this character set for the concept in additional films. This version of teenage Spider-Man continues his struggles with identity and romance as per usual, in this film joining his love interest, MJ, on a school trip to Europe. But with the larger Marvel scheme at work, Peter Parker also contends with Nick Fury, the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, and the death of Tony Stark in the preceding Marvel film, the heartfelt introspection of the original trilogy of Spider-Man films long lost. The adversary of this tale is yet another protagonist gone awry in a mid-script twist, seeking revenge upon Stark and masquerading as a new superhero, Mysterio, whose talent with holograms causes havoc that he can conveniently vanquish. The plot was met with widespread praise; the production may as well have been financed by European tourism agencies, allowing battles between the titular hero and his enemies to extend far beyond New York. Perhaps the most amusing aspect of the film is the return of actor J. K. Simmons (sans fake hair) to the role he originated in the original trilogy, a cameo that prompts the film to (essentially) end abruptly on the same obscenity as its predecessor. Meanwhile, the casting of Marisa Tomei as Aunt May becomes all the more bizarre as time goes on. Less controversial is the return of Michael Giacchino to scoring duties on Spider-Man: Far From Home. Though still overshadowed by the legacy of Danny Elfman in the Spider-Man universe generally, his work for these Marvel films has been fairly well received. He continues direct development of his three main themes from Spider-Man: Homecoming in this second venture while adding two new major identities for the villains and making frequent interpolations of the Alan Silvestri theme for The Avengers that has not only become the Marvel calling card but also an alternate identity for Nick Fury in these films.

The overall approach by Giacchino to Spider-Man: Far From Home is as workmanlike as always, dodging a wide array of song placements with expectedly competent but not particularly extraordinary underscore in sum. His music for the previous film is adequate but not as memorable as prior concept entries by Elfman and James Horner. As with the "Star Trek" franchise, he attempted to re-invent a wheel that didn't need re-inventing, with occasionally strong moments hindered by a constantly nagging feeling that so much unnecessary effort went into re-imagining musical identities that were perfectly fine before and ingrained in audience memories. With Spider-Man: Far From Home, Giacchino fine-tunes his version of the concept's music, and he does so rather well in several places. Indeed, it's a score with a few really smart foundational choices by the composer, but it also suffers from extremely variable execution. At times, this score really cooks, surpassing the highlights of the previous score with ease. At other times, it drags pointlessly through anonymous action sequences that function about as well as a paycheck-collecting Brian Tyler equivalent. Instrumentally, the composer's blend of orchestral and electronic elements is very well handled in Spider-Man: Far From Home, a balance as satisfying here as in Star Trek and Doctor Strange but without the alluring exoticism. The electric guitar and pulsing synthetic rhythms that represent the deception of Mysterio are exceptional in several cues. To a lesser degree, Giacchino supplies the same tones to Peter Parker for his inherent coolness, as in "Night Monkey Knows How to Do It," though in a rock-inspired cue like this one, he applies too heavy a touch compared to Elfman in the same mode. The recording of these parts once again suffers Giacchino's typical muted mix, a rather flat soundscape diminishing his electronic effects substantially. He has no chance of ever catching Jerry Goldsmith in the application of synthetics as long as his recordings lack any decent reverb whatsoever. Whereas the ambient mix can be lifeless at times, especially in the softer cues, the action and main thematic sequences impress you with their sheer size and enthusiasm. The large-scale moments of motific expression in this work are plain and obvious, almost too much so at times, but it's this conveyance of straight forward superhero identity that provides much of the score's appeal. That said, there are several cues, including "A Lot of 'Splaining to Do" and "And Now This...," where Giacchino simply overplays his hand and the film's sound mixers obliged him. Both of those cues needed a dose of suspense rather than a brazen hero's theme.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 79:43
• 1. Far From Home Suite Home (8:27)
• 2. It's Perfect (0:30)
• 3. World's Worst Water Feature (7:30)
• 4. Multiple Realities (3:32)
• 5. Brad to the Drone (3:32)
• 6. Change of Plans (2:28)
• 7. Night Monkey Knows How to Do It (0:19)
• 8. Mr. One Hundred and One (3:20)
• 9. Prague Rocked (3:43)
• 10. Who's Behind Those Foster Grants (2:57)
• 11. Power to the People (3:33)
• 12. Personal Hijinks (3:53)
• 13. Praguenosis: BAD (1:08)
• 14. A Lot of 'Splaining to Do (2:14)
• 15. The Magical Mysterio Tour (3:21)
• 16. Taking the Gullible Express/Spidey Sensitive (5:07)
• 17. Gloom and Doom (4:16)
• 18. High and Flighty (2:20)
• 19. An Internal Battle (1:50)
• 20. Happy Landings (2:58)
• 21. Tower of Cower (5:12)
• 22. Bridging the Trap (1:58)
• 23. Bridge and Love's Burning (2:50)
• 24. Swinging Set (1:47)
• 25. And Now This... (0:58)

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