I think it's the best musical score yet.
Worth it just for Night on the Yorktown
While the rest of the soundtrack is basically in line with the previous Star Trek reboot themes (which is to say, it's excellent), the one uniquely inspriring and uplifting track is "Night on the Yorktown." Coupled with the amazing CG of the Yorktown space station, the track is a represention of the positive nature of the Star Trek universe (at least the Federation). I hope it's a glimpse of humanity's future.
This Album Gives Me Life!!
I love this soundtrack!! Best one yet of the reboot franchise. Really well done and perfect.
It took three movies with Giacchino composing for me to get used to his style for Trek and this is definitely the best so far. I still can't get over the track titles though. They keep getting worse as the music gets better.
Repetitive, dull, uninspired
I really wanted to like this score, but I found it rather boring. I don't hear any new themes in here, just the same main theme, repeated over and over and over. And that main theme has always felt like half a theme -- it sounds like a bridge (no pun intended) that should lead to a sustained main melody, but it just circles around and repeats the same few notes. At least in the first nuTrek film, Giaccchino had that beautifully ethereal Vulcan theme. But in this score, I don't hear anything exotic, new, or even interesting -- just lots of percussive action cues and those recursive few notes of the main theme, set to replay ad infinitum.
Giacchino is also much too stingy with the classic Trek themes: It would be nice to hear the original series Enterprise theme from time to time. He teases it now and again, but doesn't allow more than two or three notes of it to trickle outside of his own blaring score. Like Giacchino himself, those rare notes promise something more, but never deliver.
Another great score!
Giacchino's music has once again beamed into our souls with another great score to a Star Trek film. While I enjoy the fact that he uses Courage's score and theme...I had hoped for some sampling of Goldsmith's or Horner's music; being that this is the 50th Anniversary of the franchise and the 3rd movie with the new/original crew. Maybe something to consider for the 4th movie Michael...if you even read these?!
Best of the three
This review is directed toward those who have commented that this is MG's weakest effort in the three reboot Star Trek films to date.
Folks, Jerry Goldsmith is dead, and John WIlliams writes Star Wars music. MG is the current resident Trek composer until JJ leaves the franchise, hopefully after the next movie, and hopefully after Paramount restores things to the proper timeline.
MG's music for the 2009 movie is superb, and at times thunderous and sweeping. If you listen to the extrnded soundtrack, however, it becomes ponderous and repetitive. Into Darkness had some nice moments but was like MG's TV music for Lost. It could have been better. I'm going to go out on the proverbial limb here and say that MG's music for Star Trek Beyond is the best of his Trek scores.
While there isn't a thunderous opening march (the movie did have opening credits) or a distinct "Enterprise" theme ala Goldsmith, this is better music at a skilled and technical level. MG is maturing and growing in his talent, and it is evident here.
Very pleasing soundtrack. I especially love the songs 'Thank your lucky star date' and 'night on the yorktown'. Overall, put together very well but the songs do not flow into each other as well as I hoped.
It sounds fine except that he's done this alrady, TWICE. At least "Into Darkness" had a few tunes I could go running to. The Giacchino brand of music is just too generic. I mean, I can't even hum any of it besides the sleepy, main theme that seems to define the new franchise. Give me something more unique, something that will take me to a foreign world so that when I listen to the soundtrack, I can immerse myself in the emotions evoked during the first time I saw those scenes in the movie. Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman and the like create such woderous melodies that make their movies that much more memorable. At the moment, Giacchino is about as generic as the epic music libraries anyone can by for production, and cheap.
By José Ole Oh-yay!
The Soundtrack for this new Trek is the best of any Trek franchise, better than the old Trek movies and TV shows. While we tend to look back on the original series, focusing mainly on the nostalgia of these new Trek movies, one thing splendid about the new Star Trek is how the soundtrack looks forward -- boldly moving the new Trek franchise forward, sustaining elements of the Trek legacy without harking back too much and losing its originality. The new Trek is unique, as it's soundtrack signifies. Michael Giacchino and his musical genius is the real hero of the new Trek!