Suicide Squad: Score Review
Music Rating 4/5
Review by Neil Mc Allister
Production Companies: Warner Bros., Dune Entertainment, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Lin Pictures
Composer: Stephen Price (Gravity, Attack The Block, Fury)
Steven Price is gradually becoming one of the most unique composers in mainstream cinema, in part thanks to his very left-field but nonetheless superbly eerie score Gravity which blended elements of foley and non-traditional scoring. If Price is here to prove anything, it’s his versatility
with the first honest-to- goodness summer blockbuster he’s composing for, a superhero(well super villain, more accurately) movie with Suicide Squad.
The main theme “Task Force X” starts off with a warm and hopeful accompaniment of strings that slightly hint at the main melody and soon enough begins the driving ostinato, mixing the string section, low-end synth and electric guitar together in a thundering staccato riff. Although it varies slightly in sections, later with some female choir lines and eerie piano notes, it’s very much the driving force of “Task Force X”, not unlike the Iron Man (2008) Theme. It gradually hits the top with the main with a triumphant brass section playing the main melody. It reaches it’s end with almost all instruments piling on top of each other in the main ostinato, some of which are ascending in pitch, before finishing on a gentle piano arpeggio. It’s an excellent main theme that’s able to stand tall amongst other superhero scores.
“Arkham Asylum” uses the main ostinato of “Task Force X” but in a more intimidating style. This theme is filled with lots of elements of pastiche from Danny Elfman’s Batman scores, with celesta, all-female choirs and mournful string melodies. It later gains a bit more pace and “air”, ending on the very unique choice of sleigh bells and FX-heavy guitars.
“I’m Going To Figure This Out” Is a brief tender piece with slow piano notes, female vocals and
clean guitar chords that suddenly emerges into Nolan-esque Batman-style ostinato, before going to
a more elaborate style of the piano theme, now accompanied by chords.
“You Make My Teeth Hurt” contains loads of various pastiches to Batman themes of different
generations. The descending low-end piano ostinato such much like the 1960’s Batman theme,
albeit far more intimidating and less, campy. There are brief but uncanny appearances of Elfman’s
main Batman theme dotted through in the brass elections. It later goes to a slower paced style of
Elfman’s Batman accompaniments with interesting use of bells to provide a descending arpeggio.
The Original Track List was leaked just before the film was released and has some thirty tracks from Price, it is yet to be confirmed if an official OST will be released, but you can already purchase the pop tunes on iTunes as a Suicide Squad album. You can check out the underscore track list here.
There’s also a lot of pop songs used in the score, but a lot of them are unaltered from their original
version. With this variety of styles, it’s shows Steven Price versatility as a composer and that’s he’s
totally capable of handling a summer blockbuster score. The prospect of him doing a score for the
upcoming solo Batman movie would quite something.