I'm talking about Michael Giacchino. He is really living up to the Goldsmith mantle. Not only has he scored three Star Trek films and is catching up to Goldsmith on that front. But he manages to be tied to some big earners as well as these poor performers. Luckily I don't think this is hurting his career. The man keeps on working year after year and heading up some of the biggest hits of those years. But in 2012 he hit a dud. Man did Disney spend a massive amount of money on John Carter and wow, did no one really care about seeing it. I've seen all kinds of reasons why the movie didn't do well in theaters, most of them revolved around how similar the trailers made it look to the Star Wars prequels. But the few people that I've run into that actually saw the movie said it was a solid bit of fun space opera adventure, just like the books it was based off of.
Michael Giacchino tackled this score with his usual gusto, crafting a theme rich score that certainly reminds listeners of the adventure scores of the 1980s and 1990s. Big orchestral bombast, exciting action music and even a sweeping romantic love them. The score has it all, even a bit of that Lawrence of Arabia feel with all the red desert landscapes. There are plenty of great tracks from the score to John Carter, but I really like this exciting track Sab Pursues the Princess. It drives along with a great intensity and then the heroic John Carter theme kicks in as he leaps in to save the day.