Posted by: Dan Sartori <Send E-Mail> Date: Sunday, December 16, 2001, at 9:35 a.m. IP Address: ogg071-008.resnet.wisc.edu
I really enjoyed this movie, so I decided to buy the soundtrack. Since it was James Horner, I knew the music would at least be decent.
The problem is that that is really all the music is: decent. It does a marvelous job of portraying the evils of World War 2 and the immense sense of desolation that a soldier must have felt while caught in the middle of the conflict, but it isn't something that I would listen to outside of the movie itself. There are not really any notable points that just make you jump up out of your seat and say "I absolutely understand what's going on!" like Horner's more notable efforts. This is okay music, but it doesn't grip you like Glory or Braveheart do. I would recommend the movie, and I would say that the soundtrack is all right, but not something that's going to get an enormous amount of playing time on your CD player. Even when Horner is not at his very best, though, he's still better than almost anyone else.