The Amazing Spiderman – Promises and End Credits
James Horner hasn’t scored a traditional super-hero film since The Rocketeer in 1991, and it’s wonderful to hear him back in the comic book arena, providing the film with a score which is rich, vibrant, orchestrationally inventive and – wonder of wonders – has more than one powerful and recognizable theme running through its entirety. James Horner actually got to the heart of a super-hero story and scored all the emotion, all the energy, all the inherent silliness, and all the sheer bravado with his heart unashamedly on his sleeve.
Comic book movies, by their very nature, are larger than life, with super-human feats being undertaken by people with special powers. To ground these stories in a relatable world, the music accompanying them needs to speak directly to the emotional content of the film, allowing the audience to experience the extraordinary things the characters experience in a human, recognizable way.
The Amazing Spiderman is heroic, musically literate, instrumentally colorful, emotionally direct, and has a fun and memorable main theme.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – James Horner
Instrumentation: 2 Fl, 2 Ob, 2 Cl, 2 Bsn // 4 Hrn, 3 Tpt, 3 Tbn, 1 Tba // Timp + 3 Perc // 2 Hp (2. opt. Synth) // Strings