22 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here, John Ottman not only continues one of Hollywood’s most unusual hyphenate careers (composer-film editor) but also returns to the burgeoning X-Men film universe for the first time since 2003’s X2. Ottman says he was excited at revisiting the franchise, “especially since musically I had themes that I always wanted to go back to but wasn’t able to because we didn’t stick around.” The composer/editor says he was also attracted by the scope of narrative and characters in Days of Future Past: “With the story being focused on a young and broken Charles Xavier, I was given a musical opportunity to underscore his journey of rekindling the hope he’d lost. Charles Xavier finally gets his own theme.” The score’s biggest challenge? “Time travel!,” Ottman muses of the film’s decades-spanning story. “It wasn’t that difficult,” he says, “because the score actually set the difference between the two time periods. In the '70s, I got to infuse some analog synthesizer sound, some electric piano and guitar, and so forth. The trick is to make it all cohesive.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here, John Ottman not only continues one of Hollywood’s most unusual hyphenate careers (composer-film editor) but also returns to the burgeoning X-Men film universe for the first time since 2003’s X2. Ottman says he was excited at revisiting the franchise, “especially since musically I had themes that I always wanted to go back to but wasn’t able to because we didn’t stick around.” The composer/editor says he was also attracted by the scope of narrative and characters in Days of Future Past: “With the story being focused on a young and broken Charles Xavier, I was given a musical opportunity to underscore his journey of rekindling the hope he’d lost. Charles Xavier finally gets his own theme.” The score’s biggest challenge? “Time travel!,” Ottman muses of the film’s decades-spanning story. “It wasn’t that difficult,” he says, “because the score actually set the difference between the two time periods. In the '70s, I got to infuse some analog synthesizer sound, some electric piano and guitar, and so forth. The trick is to make it all cohesive.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Infotainer ,

Awesome!

I was disappointed that John Ottman was hired to do the score for this film but I was surprised that he did a great job with this one! I like it. I still think Henry Jackman did the best job scoring an X-Men movie. I hope they bring him back for the next movie!

richesnessrico (ricowijaya) ,

Time in a bottle

haha love it when they played Time in a Bottle when Quicksilver was running around the kitchen XD

porourke ,

Old & New - A Great X-Men Soundtrack!

"Hope (Xavier's Theme)" is phenomenal and worth the price of the soundtrack alone. It's an amazing and slower piece, one of my favorites in all of the X-Men scores. You also get a quick callback to Henry Jackman's Magneto theme from X-Men: First Class in "Time's Up (Film Version)" and an update on Ottman's own X2 theme in the opening and closing tracks.

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