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Re: Is Howard Shore Overrated?
• Posted by: Justin Such   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, March 10, 2006, at 5:53 a.m.
• IP Address: cpe-024-162-247-187.nc.res.rr.com
• In Response to: Is Howard Shore Overrated? (Eric)

> Okay, the 'Lord of the Rings' score is great, but I don't think Shore will
> ever compose anything else like it. I think he just got lucky with this
> one! He's no Horner or Williams, that's for sure. He's not even as good as
> Danny Elfman.

I have to strongly disagree with you about Howard Shore being overrated. I think one the reasons people still have a problem taken him seriously is the fact he came from no where on to the music scene with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and took pretty took all of us by surprise. As for whether he will last to become a Williams, Horner, or Elfmen I do think he will hold up over time, maybe not to John Williams level (and at this point its probably futile to think that anyone will ever surpass, let only match Williams level of musical accomplishment) but he will be right up there with the best of them. I will say that I though his score in 2005 to David Cronenberg A History of Violence was one of the best of the year (pity it was overlooked by the Academy in favor of Pride and Prejudice, The Constant Gardener, and BrokeBack Mountain all competent but lesser scores of the truly great scores of 2005), and I would have loved to hear what he did with Peter Jackson King Kong (though I was very happy with what James Newton Howard with the score coming off a great year for him with both an excellent King Kong score, and the highly under rated Batman Begins collaboration with Hans Zimmer which was one of the most hauntingly beautiful Scores of 2005, side note the reason Batman Begins Score is so underrated is people instead on comparing it to Danny Elfmen 1989 Batman score which is simply one of the best scores ever written to this date, but the two scores take such different paths that any comparison between the two misses the point of what the composers were going for).




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