Posted by: Timmy B. <Send E-Mail> Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2003, at 12:36 p.m. IP Address: cache-rk07.proxy.aol.com
An actual choir used to score this film would be absolutely overwhelming. The scale of the drama is more intimate than "grande". (Though the scope of the landscape is grand, the scale of conflict is nothing like Lord of the Rings, for instance, where a chorus is indeed suitable.) A use of a large chorus, as implied in the review (at least in the introduction to it) would be absurd, I think. Just to inform those wanting to know the actual sense of the score, there is (much) use of electonic vocal effects which are ominous, yes, but not too overwhelming for use in the film (as an actual entire chorus would be).
P. S.--I actually do think that the score is still a bit "grand" in scope and not intimate enough for the film, though. I didn't realize this until I actually saw the film, of course. Maybe this overwhelmingness that I sense is because Horner was focusing to much on the physical scope of the journey of the characters over the intimate nature of the conflict which is nowhere near as great, violent, or massive as implied in the score.