Anyway that left two other very good scores for very poor movies. First up is Pan, yet another telling of the Peter Pan story. I don't think anyone was clamoring for that, but we got it anyway. The score was composed by John Powell, a very talented composer we don't hear much from these days. He was very active in the 2000s and gave us some wonderful scores. My favorites are his one-two punch of How to Train Your Dragon and its sequel. His work in Pan was nearly as fun as those two and well worth seeking out. But ignore the songs for this film... they hurt.
You've also got Victor Frankenstein another reinterpretation that no one was begging studios for. Craig Armstrong stepped up to deliver a knockout score full of gothic darkness and plenty of excitement. Armstrong is another composer who usually delivers and has a very good working relationship with Baz Luhrmann. So even though this film bombed, I'm sure Baz will still bring him along for his next project.
Of the two, I have to give the award to Pan. It has a bit more of the swashbuckling attitude that enjoy in my scores and Powell certainly delivers. Check out Kidnapped/Galleon Dog Fight which starts off nice and sweet before diving into a percussive action track packed with fun moments and plenty of classic swashbuckling energy with a modern twist.