So, even though the movie itself was produced entirely digitally except for the emoting actors, the music attains its fullness of sound from Shearmur’s conducting of the London Metropolitan Orchestra as it ranges through a gamut of scenes from fearsome danger of "The Flying Wings Attack" to stomping martial invasion by "The Robot Army" to the tenderness of "Three in a Bed," lightened by clarinets, French horns, violins and flutes. There’s no faulting the Orchestra itself, which plays the compositions with flair and dynamic intensity, where needed. However, much of the score itself sounds more like John Williams from Raiders of the Lost Ark than Max Steiner from Casablanca.
And while Sony does record some jazz artists, the soundtrack of Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow doesn’t really qualify as one that incorporates the harmonies of jazz into it. The last track, however, recalls another classic movie from the 1930’s, even as it is sung by one of the rising young stars on the Sony label: Jane Monheit doing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which also concluded her CD, Taking a Chance on Love.