Film Music Friday: James Horner & The Amazing Spider-Man
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July 06, 2012

James Horner & The Amazing Spider-Man

By Max Espinosa, Membership Coordinator, Film and Television

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The Amazing Spider-Man swung into theaters this week, just in time for the 4th of July holiday. Starring Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Emma Stone (Easy A) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill), Spider-Man reboots the franchise with a fresh start for the “friendly neighborhood web slinger.” Teenager Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, searches for clues as he tries to find the reason for his parents’ disappearance when he was a young boy. On his journey to discover the truth, he woos his high school crush Gwen Stacy and is put on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, who in a terrible accident becomes the dangerous and villainous Lizard.


The score to The Amazing Spider-Man was composed by Academy Award winner and ASCAP veteran James Horner. Horner is no stranger to larger-than-life characters and blockbuster films after composing music for such movies as Aliens, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Titanic and Avatar. He’s perfect for the reboot of a film franchise that grossed over a billion dollars in its first three installments.

Horner’s recent scores have utilized the technological sound designs common in superhero movies out today. However, they also feature elements of traditional scoring that will give Spider-Man a mystique that has never been heard before in the franchise. Powerful, traditional and “brassy,” Horner’s work provides the epic backdrop needed for a character that is beloved by millions.

 

Horner’s acclaimed music has soundtracked countless films that have achieved tremendous commercial success to match their musical majesty, and this one looks to be no different. On its opening day, the Tuesday before July 4th, The Amazing Spider-Man pulled in $35 million at the box office, breaking the $27.8 million Tuesday box-office record previously set by The Transformers.

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To find out more about James Horner, visit his IMDB page.

For more information on The Amazing Spider-Man visit www.theamazingspiderman.com.