Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Film Score Monthly FSM
Vol 3. No. 3 [72:03]
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It may be a little ungracious to say that you know what you're going to get
from a Leonard Rosenman score. But if you are familiar with Fantastic
Voyage, Lord of the Rings, or Star Trek IV - you'll
have the composer's style set in mind. It's an often abrasively edged sound,
perhaps suited better here than any of the features cited above.
Sitting shotgun on the sequel to Goldsmith's gloriously experimental original
was a hard act to follow. Clearly taking the lead from the picture itself,
Rosenman pulls an even more off-the-wall effort out the hat. Where Goldsmith
worked leitmotivic devices out of his clusters of atonality and sound design,
Rosenman through-scored his picture with only scant associative referencing.
The cues can often sound incomplete or improvised - which actually compliments
This may be a tough standalone listening experience, but if you can appreciate
what this did for the picture - a portrait of utter chaos leading to Doomsday
itself - it can certainly be admired for its intelligence.
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