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Re: Is Howard Shore Overrated?
• Posted by: roybatty
• Date: Friday, May 11, 2007, at 10:09 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Is Howard Shore Overrated? (Mister Frodo)

> The King Kong thing was Pete Jackson's decision. But of course Shore won't
> produce something up to the level of the Lord of the Rings, or at least do
> it with every single score, because there is only ONE Lord of the Rings. I
> don't know if Shore will ever get a chance to work with such an in-depth
> and epic film. I mean, come on! There's a big difference between an
> 11-hour super trilogy and some two hour film that barely anyone cares
> about. Shore produced THE greatest trilogy of movie scores since the
> original Star Wars. They might even be better. It's tough to ask Shore to
> consistently make every score as good as that. I mean, is every John
> Williams score an Empire Strikes Back? No! So give Shore a break, and

> And no, Shore isn't overrated, I mean, come on: How many people other than
> film score collectors knew his name before the Lord of the Rings?

As I have already mentioned, I believe that these scores are overrated because they lack originality. Shore is an accomplished musician and skilled orchestrator, but thematically the score is very derivative. All he did was steal other people's melodies and change them. The main theme is only James Horner's "Titanic" chopped up and rearranged - it's quite incredible that nobody seems to realize this. Apart from that theft there was liberal borrowing from Gustav Holst's "Venus" + listen to the music of "Fangorn Forest" from "The Two Towers" and it actually contains the music from the opening title sequence in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"!!!

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