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Soundtrack Review: The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk
(Original Motion Picture Score)
Composer: Craig Armstrong
Running Time: 60 min.
Released: 2008

 

 

One might assume that the score for The Incredible Hulk would be all brawn and no brains. Thankfully, this is far from the case. Armstrong wisely tones back on brute force, and focuses more on developing intelligent themes for the characters of the film. In fact, one of the most fascinating aspects of the soundtrack is that, despite the temptation to give all the attention to the protagonist’s monstrous alter ego, Armstrong incorporates a theme for both sides of Bruce Banner’s personality: the human and the not-so human.

Harlem Brawl gets the album off to a short but memorable start, and leads into The Arctic, a magnificent piece which alternately conveys the anguish, fear, and desperation   of Banner as he tirelessly searches to find a cure for his “condition”. Favela Escape is one of the most terrific chase compositions ever written for a superhero film, utilizing a thrilling combination of strings, percussion, and brass. The love theme, Bruce and Betty, is poignant and reflective, while Give Him Everything You’ve Got and That Is The Target stand in stark contrast as propulsive pieces of action music. Hulk Theme is the final track, bringing everything to an enjoyable (and slightly bizarre) close.

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