Zoom: Academy for Superheroes (2006)
Director: Peter Hewitt
No score soundtrack release
Snappy dialogue: "Wow, you got old" ... "I speak Greek not geek" ... "Pass the hand sanitiser please." ... "I'm not a vegetarian. It's a life choice." ... "Boy for a straight guy you're dramatic." ... "She blows!" Every one a, um, classic.
Music clip 1, 0'59"
(693Kb) [DVD menu music: mission music]
Music clip 2, 0'31" (368Kb) ['They're just a bunch of kids', ca.1'05'00"]
Music clip 3, 1'33" (1.06Mb) [End credits music]
Bad fat suits, nice but forgettable child actors, co-stars trying desperately to reboot their careers, simple but still mishandled plotting and jokeless script - it's all in a day's work for jobbing family movie frontman Tim Allen, who retreads burnt-out hero territory here, swapping Galaxy Quest space ship for sooper hero school. The best gag of the film is Courtney Cox, apparently able to fall over spontaneously and blow rainbows. Somehow an interesting lineup of older actors and a foolproof concept backed up with decent budget for special effects turns into a bearable family entertainment movie lacking in those frills and throwaway extras big film makers so often have to jettison in favour of pink dresses and multicoloured sets, bless em, like pacing, editing, entertaining dialogue, character... [Returns later] Not a bad film, it has plenty of decent ingredients, not least Cox and Chase gurning their best, but it lacks a sparkling script and energetic editing, which leaves it feeling flat.
Never mind. This could so easily have been a great calling card for composer Chris Beck but from the start he is hamstrung by a pop song opener (not to mention the dreadfully stilted backstory dialogue) before his credits music (as heard in the DVD menu music), and somehow much of his scoring is rendered invisible by brief scene "gags" that need cartoonish underscore plus sting rather than a sustained romp. Some of the extended sequences where Beck could have brought his themes to the fore, such as a the self-reflection scene and training montage at at the crucial 50 minute mark, and the final battle, are lost to pop songs, mostly performed by Smash Mouth. The orchestral writing, though, is as seamless as ever, and the tightly heroic/action themes (all clips) Goldsmithian in their brassy boom. Thematically, though, he has trouble getting heard over the pop/editing hurdles, and the result is a perfectly workable score that hits all the right buttons (especially spicing up the fx gags and slapstick with post-Garfied aplomb) for the film rather than a truly memorable one you also want to take home with you, which is a pity because there is a very good CD release waiting the soundtrack label that can see past a box office bomb that was sued (albeit a might unfairly*) by 20th Century Fox for creative similarities to X-men.
Music by Christophe Beck
Music Editor - Richard Ford
Additional Music Editor - Rick Ziegler**
Conducted by Mike Nowak
Ortchestrations - Kevin Kleisch
Arrangements - Thomas Bergersen
Additional orchestrations - John Thomas, Rick Giovinazzo, Richard Bronskill, Andrew Kinney, Thomas Bergersen, Adam Blau
Orchestra contracted by Sande De Crescent
Music Preparation - Mark Graham
Score Mixer - Casey Stone
Pro Tools Operator - Kevin Globerman
Auricle Operator - Tanya Hill