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Just because the movie stinks doesn't mean that the music does

Yippie
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Just because the movie stinks doesn't mean that the music does   Thursday, August 1, 2002 (2:07 p.m.) 

I hated AI. It was boring and stupid. In fact, I thought the movie was so bad I had to hear the music by itself on cd just to appreciate it. But I must say, the score (12th track especially) is nothing short of touching. Not being a williams fan, I was surprised at how much I liked this score. To say that the score is bad because the movie is indecisive is just plain wrong. If film music is truly like any other music, it doesn't matter what film it's stuck in, because the music itself has merit of its own. I would have thought that our reviewer here would understand that.

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Re: Just because the movie stinks doesn't mean that the music does   Sunday, August 4, 2002 (2:33 p.m.) 

> I hated AI. It was boring and stupid. In fact, I thought the movie was so
> bad I had to hear the music by itself on cd just to appreciate it. But I
> must say, the score (12th track especially) is nothing short of touching.
> Not being a williams fan, I was surprised at how much I liked this score.
> To say that the score is bad because the movie is indecisive is just plain
> wrong. If film music is truly like any other music, it doesn't matter what
> film it's stuck in, because the music itself has merit of its own. I would
> have thought that our reviewer here would understand that.

Well, I think that the movie was actually quite good, but the score is fantastic!
My favourite tracks are track 1, 8, and 9. The latter two are almost too beautifull to be described in words. I also think it gives you a completley different feel than many other of Williams`s scores. This isn`t the bombast of Star Wars or the humour of Hook. It`s a serious, sad, dark and very emotional experience, yet again proving how talented our maestro John Williams is.
In fact, when listening to this score, I find it so good that even think it could have replaced Howard Shore`s remarkable "Lord of The Rings" as the Academy Award winner of 2001.


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Re: Just because the movie stinks doesn't mean that the music does   Saturday, September 28, 2002 (12:09 p.m.) 

> Well, I think that the movie was actually quite good, but the score is
> fantastic!
My favourite tracks are track 1, 8, and 9. The latter two
> are almost too beautifull to be described in words. I also think it gives
> you a completley different feel than many other of Williams`s scores. This
> isn`t the bombast of Star Wars or the humour of Hook. It`s a serious, sad,
> dark and very emotional experience, yet again proving how talented our
> maestro John Williams is.
In fact, when listening to this score, I
> find it so good that even think it could have replaced Howard Shore`s
> remarkable "Lord of The Rings" as the Academy Award winner of
> 2001.

I concur. I could delve into why I loved the movie with an angle I've yet to read by a reviewer (unless I've missed one!), rather, I'd agree the ST is absolutely stellar! It's a complete work. This body of music powerfully transports me, and when that experience is completed, I have the sense of having traveled somewhere significant; my heart is awakened. Like going on a road trip through my state of Alaska in the all-too-brief fall. Such a trip is melancholy for me, but such experiences broadens the heart/mind. There's joy in sorrow, and that dimension is powerfully captured both the movie and ST. Such qualities certainly aren't unique to AI, but it's always a rare and treasured occasion to add music of this type to enlarge ones collection.

(Am I alone in the practice of listening sparingly to something held in high esteem and with affection, so as to not "wear it out"? All that to say I place AI in the canon of exceptional STs and other symphonic works)

PS. I was, at first, dubious of the two obvious commercial insertions, but they too stand on their own. And, yes, Rings is a lush ST, but I too prefer AI. Since you ALSO rated Hook highly, I'd appreciate a listing of your favorites.

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Re: Just because the movie stinks doesn't mean that the music does   Monday, August 5, 2002 (5:40 p.m.) 

The reviewer did understand. He said he liked the score and hated the movie. I mean he gave the score 4 out of 5 stars.

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