Posted by: Michael Arlidge <Send E-Mail> Date: Thursday, June 21, 2001, at 11:23 p.m. IP Address: wdcax15-122.dialup.optusnet.com.au
I owe Mr. Silvestri a profound apology. When I heard, many months ago, that he was composing the score for The Mummy Returns, and Jerry Goldsmith was not, I was enraged. Goldsmith's score for the original movie was very appropriate for the film, given it's Arabic nature. He was more than capable of composing the score for the sequel. To replace Mr. Goldsmith, the producers chose a composer who, apart from the Back To The Future trilogy, had not proven his worth in the action/adventure genre of film scoring. I waited with nervous anticipation for the movie to start in the cinema, and the score to prove my hypothesis. Based on Silvestri's recent efforts, namely Cast Away and The Mexican, I expected the score to be insignificant. However, within thirty seconds of the film starting, I was captivated. The Sinfonia of London Orchestra and Chorus was in full throated glory. Never has a score grabbed my attention so quickly, and with so much force. I left the cinema, and immediately purchased the soundtrack. I have a Dolby Surround System at home, and was anxious to test the score out. I was not dissapointed. By the end of the 73:38 duration of the CD, my ears were ringing, but I could not stop smiling. I've been interested in film music a long time (five years out of seventeen), and this is the best score I have ever heard. So, to Mr. Silvestri, my apologies. To anyone who previously doubted his talents - shame on you!