Dark Phoenix is unquestionably a complete dud of a movie, a limp,
lifeless and unengaging ending to Fox's enormously up-and-down X-Men
OK, well, maybe not a complete dud, though, because buried
amongst the flat visuals and disinterested performances there's Hans
Zimmer, who lost his way somewhat on Batman v
Superman (leading to a premature declaration that he was retiring from
composing for superhero movies), returned to form with a propulsive
synth and percussion-heavy score, with ominous strings suggesting a
depth and complexity in the title character's theme that was not carried
over to Simon Kinberg's writing.
The X-Men finale is far from the
first time that a major composing talent has delivered music good
enough to make you wish that you were watching a movie to match. No,
there are stacks of disappointing movies where the music went above and
beyond what the rest of the production delivered. These ten are just a
few of the best examples.
Note: this article looks at music
originally composed for the movies. While there are undoubtedly terrible
movies with awesome soundtrack compilations of existing tracks (hello,
Twilight franchise), that would be a list for another day.