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Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Craig Richard Lysy
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Journey To The Center Of The Earth   Wednesday, February 4, 2009 (2:01 p.m.) 
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A nice review Christian. There is a real positive synergy in this collaboration with Dodd doing the orchestrations and conducting. This is indeed one of my favorite scores of 2008 for all the reasons you cited. What a ride, it is great rousing fun! Though attached to a flawed B film this score rises above these limitations and transcends its movie. Indeed the film is much better for it. Hopefully his efforts here and in City Of Ember (which I hope you also review) will open up new scoring opportunities.

All the best. Hope your office environment today is free of ordinance fire and moans!


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Re: Journey To The Center Of The Earth   Thursday, February 5, 2009 (5:14 a.m.) 
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> A nice review Christian. There is a real positive synergy in this
> collaboration with Dodd doing the orchestrations and conducting. This is
> indeed one of my favorite scores of 2008 for all the reasons you cited.
> What a ride, it is great rousing fun! Though attached to a flawed B film
> this score rises above these limitations and transcends its movie. Indeed
> the film is much better for it.

Indeed, In style and fun 'Journey' reminded me of Mansells' adventure romp 'Sahara' from 2005 - in all the best ways. Dodds' involvement in both maybe played a great role... but thats not important compared to the fact that both scores are great to listen to.



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Applause and dissent   Thursday, February 5, 2009 (7:35 p.m.) 
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A fine score indeed, and a fine review as well. While I do think the score is deserving of that final 5th star (the only US score of the year that earned it in my mind, sandwiched between Ponyo and Mongol), I'm not going to nitpick. The score is infectious, energetic, and full of grand themes and orchestrations that call back to the Arnold action scores of the 90s. A welcome, wondrous surprise. I'm hoping this takes top prize from Christian, though that would be the weakest quality review to take top prize in anything...ever.

I will nitpick Craig's evaluation of the film. I thought it was quite fun, a film that didn't take itself too seriously and was thus more fun because of it. It's the film Stephen Sommers would make if he had any subtlety or genuine talent. Funny, enjoyable way to escape the heat...one can only imagine if I'd seen it in 3d! Stupid Mackinac theater...


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