Posted by: Slick Nick <Send E-Mail> Date: Saturday, August 13, 2005, at 10:05 p.m. IP Address: 210-246-7-234.paradise.net.nz
I love all types of film music; therefore, I was not disappointed in the slightest when Thomas Newman came along with American Beauty, Erin Brockovich, Pay it Forward and In the Bedroom. I admired the composer quite a bit for works like The Shawshank Redemption, Little Women, Scent of a Woman and Fried Green Tomatoes, but when I first listened to American Beauty, I was even more fond of him than I was before. In fact, I actually prefer his latest scores, such as Road to Perdition, Cinderella Man and, yes, Pay it Forward and In the Bedroom. The latter was a stunning piece of music and film. Both were near perfect, as was the acting and cinematography in the film. Thomas Newman manages to create a subtle atmosphere that just tickles the right spot and makes your spine tingle. I mean, take a good listen to tracks like "American Beauty"; his piano is hypnotic, totally mesmerizing. In the Bedroom is the same thing: while listening to it, I feel a supernatural mood wash over me and- no, wait. I forgot. The score doesn't even obey the basic laws of music, so something must be wrong with what I am writing. I disagree with this review in almost every way, except for the brief history lesson in the first paragraph. Me, who hopes to be a movie director, will hire Thomas Newman for my very first film. To be more precise: I have already written to him telling the composer the very same thing. I hope he wins the Oscar this year, because he deserves it more than anyone else. He already deserved it for In the Bedroom.