Posted by: roybatty <Send E-Mail> Date: Saturday, February 17, 2007, at 6:48 p.m. IP Address: bb-87-82-4-50.ukonline.co.uk
Whenever I watch The Two Towers, I can never help feeling slightly dissapointed (although I like the score very much, probably best of the three) that Howard Shore and the filmmakers didn't find more musical inspiration in the portrayal of Gollum. In my opinion, Gollum is easily the most charismatic and powerfully drawn of all the various presences in the story, and is also the site of the most affecting dramatic conflict that occurs. And yet, all we really get in the score is a reprisal of the initial "Pity of Smeagol" motif from "Fellowship" and a rather understated agitato cymbalom leitmofif. Nothing at all wrong with that, of course, but I still feel the material offered the opportunity for something richer. For example, I imagine that more could have been done to accentuate the mystical and mercurial aspect of smeagol, maybe with harps and flutes to create a rich and darkly haunting soundscape. Also, there could have been some scope for "decadent" sounds, something similar to Erik Satie's "Gymnopedie", perhaps? It's odd in a way that Rohan is the musical center of the film, as that particular narrative line is, to quote Peter Jackson's DVD commentary, "dramatically slight" and depthless when compared to the Frodo/Sam/Gollum triangle. Or maybe this is precisely the reason it had so much musical back-up. I'm not knocking Shore's Rohan material here, but don't you feel that it would have been far more interesting had they done more in the way of devising a melodically richer and more intricate musical journey for Gollum??