After listening through Danny Elfman’s score to Spider-Man (2002) yesterday, I checked out his score toSpider-Man 2 (2004) today. Again, this is in anticipation of the upcoming release of the Spider-Man reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, and Emma Stone.
I didn’t really have any expectations for Elfman’s sequel soundtrack, so I went into listening through it with a fairly open mind. I’m wrapping up my second listen-through as I type; I’m pretty unimpressed.
That’s not to say that I didn’t really enjoy it, though. It just fell victim to the Danny Elfman/Hans Zimmer Effect: it sounds the same as the first. The Main Title, as exciting in the second film’s score as it was in the first’s, is overused throughout, and much of the music seems to be a basic rehash of what was done in the first film’s score. I didn’t feel like I was listening to a different soundtrack like I should have.
That being said, Elfman managed to compose a couple of tracks that stand out as being pretty fantastic. “Doc Ock Is Born” introduces a theme for arguably the best Spider-Man villain, a theme that is used again multiple times throughout the film. “At Long Last, Love”, is a pleasant mix of emotion and themes from the first film – a moment that is appropriate for the main theme to be used. Despite the overuse of the main theme, Spider-Man 2’s score manages to improve just a bit on the first film’s score.
Overall, as enjoyable and fun as Danny Elfman’s Spider-Man 2 score is, it isn’t much different than his score for the first Spider-Man film, with a couple of exception tracks. However, it IS better-composed than the first film’s score, so bonus points for that. If you’re debating on buying it, take a listen to the tracks on YouTube or Spotify first and decide whether it’s different enough for you.
Rating: 3.5 (out of 5)
- “Spider-Man 2 (Main Title)” 3:21
- “M.J.’s New Life/Spidus Interruptus” 2:31
- “Doc Ock Is Born” 2:23
- “Angry Arms/Rebuilding” 2:51
- “A Phone Call/The Wrong Kiss/Peter’s Birthday” 2:06
- “The Mugging/Peter’s Turmoil” 3:21
- “The Bank/Saving May” 4:27
- “He’s Back!” 1:50
- “Doc Ock’s Machine” 1:42
- “Train/Appreciation” 6:16
- “Aunt May Packs” 2:51
- “Armageddon/A Really Big Web!” 6:28
- “The Goblin Returns” 1:36
- “At Long Last, Love” 2:59
- “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” – Performed by B. J. Thomas 3:14
Total Length: app. 48 min.