Godzilla Soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat (2014)
Get it: If you enjoy consistent suspense and action throughout a soundtrack
Don’t get it: If you are looking for a more melodic soundtrack with some variations in theme
In order to better understand this soundtrack, the premise of the story should be clarified (no spoilers!). As far as well written stories go, this is not at the top of the list. Now, that is not to say that this is a bad story because it isn’t, but rather there is only so much story that can go with a movie about a giant monster in California which has already been told many times. Having said that, it is still a good story. Anyway, there isn’t all that much to work with regarding character emotions or depth of plot. This is all to say that the soundtrack, which is rather monotonous in theme, does work well with the movie. Directed by Gareth Edwards, this score did a fantastic job of setting the mood for the events which occur in the film.
Early on, the listener can feel that there must be something hiding in the shadows. This is achieved by Desplat’s very well done combination of strings and percussion often accented with good brass to accomplish a great “eerie” sound. This soundtrack did an excellent job of bringing the story of Godzilla into the modern era while still paying respect to the originals and their feel. Parts of it are slightly reminiscent of the style made famous by Hans Zimmer (such as Inception), but most parts are clearly distinguishable from him — mostly by a greater range of notes and melody than Zimmer’s usual. The uses of some instruments, such as the piano, are nothing particularly special but none-the-less get the job done. There are multiple references to Japanese music and instruments throughout that add to the authenticity of the film.
This soundtrack is somewhat redundant and is not particularly one to listen to just because it sounds good. However, with the visuals of the film, it is an excellent fit.