Welcome to The Score Spotlight, the sporadic series about my favourite songs from soundtracks both old and new. Want to keep up to date with what I’m listening to? Then check out my Spotify playlist!
Bringing the fun from Frozen and the action from American Made, Christophe Beck was back to score the sequel to the micro-molecular favourite of the MCU in Ant-Man and The Wasp. As a fan of the first film’s soundtrack, I was excited to see where Beck would take the score; the first focuses in on the heist aspect of the film with strong percussion and classic Marvel orchestral pieces, but the second? I’d say it has a lot more play to it!
But which song has made it’s way to my score spotlight? Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you, so let’s check out my favourite song of the Ant-Man and The Wasp OST
(And you can find my review for the film here!)
World’s Greatest Grandma – Christophe Beck
(go on, give it a play!)
Settling down into my seat at the cinema to see Marvel’s latest film, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, I was a little bit terrified seeing as I wasn’t yet, and still am not, over Avengers: Infinity War. From the opening sequence of the film, however, director Peyton Reed manages to put all that trauma to one side with a clever and hilarious story that is chock-full of humour. The scene in which this song plays was a particular favourite of mine and many of the fans; exciting, tense, and laugh-out-loud funny all at once, and the music only heightens it.
Whether it’s the upbeat tempo or game-like sound of synthesisers, World’s Greatest Grandma totally encapsulates the feel of Ant-Man and The Wasp. From the trill on the flute at 0:30 that closely resembles the opening to Lalo Schifrin’s Mission: Impossible theme, to the fast energetic rendition of the original theme from Ant-Man that follows it, and which sounds almost as if it could come straight from the Nintendo Entertainment System’s Mega Man, the piece is lively and so much fun. The only thing wrong with it? I wish it were longer!
…goes to Quit Screwing Around, because of how powerful it is in spite of its short length. You only have to check where this song comes in the track list to figure out what it references, making use of low and heavy horns, a sound that is so closely associated with dangers, the song lets you know that something isn’t quite right. What you’re seeing on screen might not give away any hints straight away, the music is creeping enough that you don’t by it, in a brilliant, though chilling, way.