Captain Phillips OST Review (Composer Henry Jackman)

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By Callum Nicholls.

Jackman’s past credits include X-Men First Class, G.I Joe: Retaliation, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Puss In Boots… Here Jackman lends his compositional talents to the no doubt soon to be multi oscar-nominated Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks.

In his score to the film Jackman effectively blends together atmospheric orchestral music with favours of African music (at least stereotypical western depictions of African music) in order to bring across the fact we are dealing with Somali pirates.



Films as tense and action filled as Captain Phillips can often suffer from over-scoring, something which I think Jackman and the producers have very effectively avoided here by appropriate amounts of silence vs musical accompaniment.

Although Jackman’s score provides an effective accompaniment to the film, it does lack enough variety and musical interest to stand alone as its own entity, something often characteristic of really great film scores.

3.5/5


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