|1.||Charlie Trains Atom||1:59|
|2.||On The Move||2:39|
|3.||Into The Zoo||1:02|
|4.||Why We’re Here (feat. vocal by Poe)||0:55|
|6.||It’s Your Choice||1:28|
|7.||Safe With Me||2:58|
|8.||Atom Versus Twin Cities||3:12|
|9.||… For A Kiss||0:56|
|10.||Get In The Truck||1:13|
|12.||Twin Cities’ Intro||1:20|
|13.||Parkway Motel (feat. vocal by Poe)||1:48|
|14.||This Is A Brawl||1:49|
|15.||You Deserve Better||4:03|
|16.||Into The Ring||1:12|
|17.||Taking A Beating||1:34|
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Danny Elman is no stranger to big movies or box office success’s. REAL STEEL is doing the rounds at the cinemas at the moment in more ways than one. The movie is a popular one and has an interesting concept as it,s storyline, but one that I feel is not too far off in the future before it becomes a reality. Composer Elfman has created a score that is kind of double sided, by this I mean that it is a modern sounding work but also a score that has within it an epic and grandiose sound. The composer fuses both symphonic and electronic with relevant ease and is able to meld the two styles together to produce a sound and style that works well with the picture and is an enjoyable listen as a stand alone album that enables the listener to re-live the movie if they have indeed seen it. The score touches on big action pieces and also has its fair share of poignant and tender sounding moments too. Electric guitar features throughout but not to the point where it overwhelms or monopolizes the proceedings. REAL STEEL is a mix of musical colours and harmonious textures which I know will be popular amongst fans of Elfman, the composer utilizing choir to great effect in a number of the cues, which gives us an atmosphere that is at times unworldly, plus solo voice provided by Poe on a couple of occasions which is both relaxing and inspiring. Solo piano too is employed, which is plaintively performed to add an air of sentiment and combined with underlying strings brings out a real emotive atmosphere as in track number 15, YOU DESERVE BETTER, the we are treated to strident strings backed by upbeat percussion, brass and electric guitar to support the action sequences giving the said cues an almost triumph and uplifting feel, in a very similar fashion to composer Bill Conti,s music in the first ROCKY movies. Overall an entertaining work.
Danny Elfman's Real Steel score is an attractive, warm and enjoyable film score. It has a bit of magic, as was heard in Elfman's scores for Good Will Hunting and Big Fish, but instead of a celtic or mountain-music feel, he keeps things fresh, yet familiar, with electric guitar, rock beats, full orchestra and even a beautifully understated choir and female soloist. Some of the rock and blues elements nearly give the score a slightly dated sound, as if pulled straight from a mid-90s sports film, but the mix is right.
Elfman's music has a great energy and even a few beautifully chill-inducing moments as featured in the choir-laden 'Meet Atom', the brief, yet stirring female vocal in 'Parkway Motel' and the exuberant 'Final Round'.
It is great to hear Elfman getting a chance to once again expand on his gently dramatic sensibilities as heard in 'Safe With Me,' which gorgeously features an acoustic guitar, piano and light-choir. Real Steel is such a well rounded and beautiful score, the only thing holding this back from being a full four-star effort, in my opinion, is that this sort of music has nearly all been done before. For instance, in 'Atom Versus Twin Cities' and 'This Is A Brawl' there are moments that sound like they could have been directly lifted from John Powell's Bourne Identity scores. Not to mention the cue 'Twin Cities' Intro' sounding remarkably similar to parts of John Powell's Paycheck film score, namely the '21 Items' cue. No matter, Elfman is a class-act and successfully pulls off his own take on the edgy string and electronic beat combo.
Danny Elfman has simply utilized what works. He certainly seems to have come to this project inspired and invigorated and ready to make us feel the same.
Original Motion Picture Score
Music Composed by Danny Elfman
(Alice in Wonderland, The Wolfman, Milk)
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, REAL STEEL stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
REAL STEEL is directed by Shawn Levy (Night At The Museum franchise and Date Night).
In a score that mixes guitar with symphony orchestra and choir, composer Danny Elfman returns to cinemas with this Fall action blockbuster.
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