Music By Danny Elfman
label: Decca / Universal
our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
I have two
major complaints about the Hulk soundtrack. One, is the
fact that Danny Elfman has been tapped too many times to score
high-profile comic book film adaptations. He's been behind the
music for both Batman and Spider-man, and now for Hulk as well.
And it's not that scoring two superhero films is all
that much, it's that their the two highest-profile superhero films
in recent history - and the fact that most of Elfman's compositions
tend to tread very similar musical water.
get me wrong, Elfman is a terrific composer. He's written some
marvelous themes and scores, including "Beetlejuice,"
"Men in Black," and the simply fantastic "Nightmare
Before Christmas." The problem is that, like John Williams,
Elfman's music eventually starts to rehash old themes.
to say the Hulk score is bad, however. In fact, as far as scores
go, it's quite good - and a slight change of pace in parts for
Elfman. The addition of haunting vocals by Natacha Atlas in tracks
like "Betty's Dream" give the score a bit more emotional
depth. What's more, the score seems to do exactly what it's set
out to, set the mood for a theme without really working all that
well as a separate piece of music. "Main Title" aside,
the score remains the emotional backdrop for what's going on onscreen.
Quick, hard percussion hits hint at future machine gun battles,
slow driving beats hint at military confrontation, soft strings
bring out the more "emotional" themes.
problem with the Hulk soundtrack, however, isn't Elfman's work,
but the ridiculous need to include a hard rock song from Scott
Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner entitled
"Set Me Free." Not only is the song completely out of
place, it's really not all that good. Still, as any film marketer
knows, you have to get all the tie-in sales you can - and this
will undoubtedly sell heaps of Hulk soundtracks since this is
the only place you can get the song. Nevermind the fact
that it's a completely unwarranted addition to the soundtrack,
likely appearing over the end titles and having really nothing
to do with the movie itself.
liked Hulk OST...
3. Betty's Dream
4. Bruce's Memories
6. Dad's Visit
7. Hulk Out!
8. Father Knows Best
9. ...Making Me Angry
10. Gentle Giant
11. Hounds Of Hell
12. The Truth Revealed
13. Hulk's Freedom
14. A Man Again
15. The Lake Battle
16. The Aftermath
17. The Phone Call
18. End Credits
19. Set Me Free