Posted by: Tom B. <Send E-Mail> Date: Saturday, November 29, 2003, at 9:59 a.m. IP Address: cache-loh-ac04.proxy.aol.com
As soon as i had heard THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, i just simply couldn't wait for the final installement. THE TWO TOWERS was a good follow up from the Academy-Award win, and i am confident to say that Howard Shore has done an exceptional job to the RETURN OF THE KING. What makes this score vibrant and colourful is its way in handling the action sequences. I felt that Shore didn't make the action sequences in TTT interesting to say the least. It was a good continuation to the FELLOWSHIP in its use of themes, but i felt that in ROTK Shore really does use the tricks of the trade to round off the themes he already employed in the two previous scores. The orchestra perform amazingly and really do a convey a sense of realism, especially in the cue of SHELOB'S LAIR. A very fine piece of work with the strings.
In general, i thought the ROTK was better than the TTT, but didn't however meet the standards Shore had set in the FELLOWSHIP. The themes Shore used in ROTK don't mention the themes he composed for the previous two scores, but in saying that it shows he isn't resting on his laurels. He has the confidence to make up new ones and integrate them into the orchestra. I was exceptionally pleased with the score and hope the film excels as much as the music, which i'm sure it will.