Terasawa wrote:The KOTM score is my least favorite of the three American Godzillas. I stand by my statement that most of the music sounds like it could be from any other modern Hollywood blockbuster. "Welcome to Monarch" especially, with its driving string/electronic pulse and militaristic percussion sounds like some library source music. Most of the tracks lack any notable melody. These are all tracks that work better in the film (when you can hear them) than on their own. The most interesting tracks are the ones that had been composed by Ifukube and Yuji Koseki; McCreary's classic-style take on the Godzilla theme is very good.
David Arnold's film scores all somewhat sound alike (and like John Barry's scores...) but his Godzilla theme was immediately recognizable and maybe the most admirable aspect of that entire film. Like Ifukube's Heisei-era march, it evoked both awe and fear. And Desplat's score for G14 wasn't iconic but at least the monsters had identifiable (original) themes (even if Godzilla's melody was rather dull). IMO that's a better example of a Godzilla-style score complemented by modern film scoring tropes.
Totally with you on this.
In general, when people on this board talk about their favorite modern scores/composers, I tend to be a little baffled, because generally they're people whose work seems pretty generic to me. Maybe my sensibilities are just deeply rooted in past eras...
I think a major thing people miss about most of the Godzilla music, is that with the exception of a few heisei tracks, and maybe some millennium ones, it’s easy to hear a track of Godzilla music, and identify what era it’s from, and more importantly, who made it, even if you don’t know who it is. Like you can tell GxM has the same composer as Godzilla Tokyo Sos. You can tell the composer of the heisei Gamera films is the same as GMK. Heck you can do the same with Godzilla vs. Hedorah and Megalon.
I’m not sure I can say that same for KOTM. The most interesting thing was the chanting inserted into the Godzilla theme. Other then that...
I’ll also say, the Mothra theme was underwhelming. It keeps feeling it it’ll build towards something, and doesn’t.