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Jonathan Broxton
Review   Tuesday, November 21, 2006 (2:05 a.m.) 

I loved the score. I couldn't disagree with the review more, especially the "avoid it" comment. I think Nolan would know better than the reviewer what kind of music has the "intellect and enchantment" to match his film! Julyan's score is an integral part of the film, supplying on going tension and mood. Its my favourite soundtrack this year. What does anyone else think?


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How we enjoy film music....   Tuesday, November 21, 2006 (9:56 a.m.) 
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"I loved the score. I couldn't disagree with the review more, especially
the "avoid it" comment. I think Nolan would know better than the
reviewer what kind of music has the "intellect and enchantment"
to match his film! Julyan's score is an integral part of the film,
supplying on going tension and mood. Its my favourite soundtrack this
year. What does anyone else think? "

The review is understandable, but gripes with good ol' Clemensen and with the score itself revolve around one's conception of 'a good score' in and outside of the film. I think this score worked well in the film, but it was sparse and a bit of a disappointment - but this is relative to the scores I know and love.

Scores don't HAVE to deftly juggle engaging themes, display virtuoso writing, innovative electronic sequencing or appeallingly follow or subvert classical styles. Those that do are some of my favourites.

This score doesn't have to display 'intellect and enchantment' just because the film's actors and mysteries do. A score is but one piece of the recipe, and if every part of your recipe tastes the same you might get an overpowering and crass dish. Such a score may have had a detrimental impact on the film - Nolan knew what he wanted, Julyan provided and the finished product works.

I don't have to enjoy it alone for it to have done it's job well (if not excellently). I know I prefer The Descent anyway.



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Re: Review   Wednesday, November 22, 2006 (12:38 a.m.) 

I think you know what I think - I believe you e-mailed me to complain about my review over at MMUK as well:

http://www.moviemusicuk.us/prestigecd.htm

On the whole, I thought it was a quite poor score, boring to listen to out of context, and adding very little to the film itself within it. Almost every review of this score, and almost every comment I have read on every film music message board, has been in agreement with myself and Clemmensen. You say its your "favourite soundtrack this year". I need to ask... how many have you actually heard?

> I loved the score. I couldn't disagree with the review more, especially
> the "avoid it" comment. I think Nolan would know better than the
> reviewer what kind of music has the "intellect and enchantment"
> to match his film! Julyan's score is an integral part of the film,
> supplying on going tension and mood. Its my favourite soundtrack this
> year. What does anyone else think?



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Re: Review   Thursday, November 23, 2006 (3:29 a.m.) 

Indeed, if it's your favourite score this year then you're either VERY into your avant-garde listening (this score is just protracted bass, right?) OR you haven't heard enough of this years scores. Here's some minor suggestions:

Superman Returns
X-Men 3
Mission Impossible III
Lost; Season 2
HP & Goblet of Fire

To name just the most vibrant and obvious....



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