Just a few short days away from the release of Jurassic World, there’s a feeling in the air consisting of stoked imaginations and a bizarre amalgam of childlike wonder and the anticipation of pure primordial terror. Now you can bottle that emotional cocktail by previewing composer Michael Giacchino’s score for the film, which is now available to stream for free on Spotify. (*Registration required.)
It takes a special kind of movie fan to sit down and enjoy a movie score, sans movie. Whether you’re the kind of fan who likes to gun it down the stretch of a highway while blasting the Death Star trench run score from Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope (not that I’m confessing to that), or just an auteur of orchestral composition, there’s an arguably tangible aesthetic to film scores that can be appreciated in its own right. It almost allows one to deconstruct the film and integrate it artistically into your life in a way that, to the more imaginative amongst us, is just as visceral as the movie.
Interestingly enough, when it comes to the new Jurassic World score, listening to the compositions serves an alternative purpose: getting acquainted with the film in advance. In that sense, we get a partial insight into the film’s story beats by way of the composition titles. Remember when the Star Wars: Episode I soundtrack CD spoiled Qui-Gon Jinn’s death? While there’s nothing here that blatantly revelatory, we do see some intriguing titles, such as romance-hinting in "Love in the Time of Pterosauria," the clear double-entendre title, "Chasing the Dragons," and a hint of some destructive Rex-on-Rex action with "Our Rex Is Bigger Than Yours."
Musically, Giacchino’s score pays necessary homage to John Williams’ unforgettable pieces from the 1993 original Jurassic Park, while at the same time often reflecting a frantic kind of energy, akin to something Danny Elfman might have thrown together for some quirky Tim Burton picture. Like any score worth its weight, the music tells the story in its own right. With that said, Giacchino has a long and illustrious list of entries on his movie score resume, including the recent Tomrrowland, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the last set of Star Trek films, along with loads of other recognizable projects. Clearly, this Jurassic score is in experienced, capable hands.
Jurassic World heads to theaters with loads of hype that could both revive the moneymaking momentum that the franchise enjoyed in the 1990’s and cement the leading man stardom of one former comedy star turned Marvel "Star-Lord," Chris Pratt. Plus, if the stereotypically uptight nature of female lead Bryce Dallas Howard’s park overseer character is a ruse, we could see an equally auspicious turn for the Hollywood offspring.
Jurassic World looks to show that the term "hybrid" doesn’t necessarily mean eco-friendly with its alarming array of giant cloned carnivores when it hits theaters this Friday, June 12.