The soundtrack features composer Henry Jackman (X-Men: First Class, Wreck-It Ralph, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2), who complements the film’s sound design with a lush symphonic score.
Jackman’s music highlights Kong’s emotional connection with some of the characters by giving specific moments in the score what he says is “a bit of humanity and sensitivity.” “The great thing about a monster movie is that it opens the door to use the symphony orchestra in its most sumptuous way,” says Jackman. “(Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts) was happy to celebrate the gravity and history that comes with a full orchestra, but we also explored less traditional elements. That’s a field day for a composer.” In a nod to the period setting, Jackman also infused the score with the bold, classic tones of ‘70s psychedelic guitars.
The music, which serves to both heighten the film’s emotion and underscore the action, was one of the final creative elements to fall into place during post-production. It was the culmination of a massive undertaking that had taken the production to three continents, where the filmmakers—led by Vogt-Roberts as well as producers Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and Alex Garcia—oversaw a shoot of uncommon complexity and great rewards.
Throughout the process, everyone involved in the production was intent on being respectful of Kong’s history, even while crafting a next-generation iteration of the mythic beast.
“The journey to make “Kong: Skull Island” has been an epic journey and an extraordinary experience for all of us,” Jordan Vogt-Roberts concludes. “We wanted to treat our Kong in a way that both honors what came before and blazes a new path.”