First of all: yes. Yes, I have seen this movie. Most of it, anyway. (Being a child of the 80s, I HAD to see for myself what they did to a precious bit of my childhood.) Do I recommend it?
Well. Everyone’s got their own cup of tea.
Moving on to what I DO recommend…
I stumbled upon Steve Jablonsky ages ago through the anime film Steamboy. The film itself is a fantastic bit of steampunk story-telling, and Jablonsky’s themes mesmerize throughout. I lost track of him after that, and then in the last few months, got Revenge of the Fallen from the library on a whim.
Totally worth it.
Whatever you think of the characters, plot, earth being demolished every half hour, etc., Jablonsky’s music provides a beautiful nobility in his blend of brass and percussion. The strings add a unique balance–to the heights with violins, to the depths with electric guitar. The action pieces are intense and strong, the times of sacrifice given the right amount of gravitas without turning cheesy. Considering the franchise, I find that EXTREMELY impressive.
Epic struggles deserve an epic score, do they not?