The first time I saw the teaser for The Incredibles, I think
I was more taken by the music than the animation. Being a Bond fan
from as early an age as my parents would allow, I recognized it
immediately as the main theme from
Her Majesty's Secret Service, a movie I loved despite
Connery-wannabe George Lazenby's less than brilliant performance.
(Hey, I was young. And it had Diana Rigg.)
Of course, by the time The Incredibles arrived on the screen,
John Barry's stirring theme had been replaced by something new. And I
was sad for a while; I'd really enjoyed that leap back into my own
moviegoing past. But I can't stay sad. Because the music Michael
Giacchino has provided to the film is more than an homage to Barry and
the other great film composers of the 60s and 70s; it's a welcome
addition to the collection of heroic action themes. The
Incredibles is in many ways an unapologetic throwback to an
earlier and less ironic time. It gets the soundtrack it deserves.