Posted by: John Date: Friday, December 29, 2006, at 9:26 p.m. IP Address: adsl-226-223-231.gsp.bellsouth.net
This is way late to post on this, seeing as how the film has been out for quite a while, but I really hope the two reviewers who gave the score bad reviews read this.
First and foremost, how in the world can you review this score, movie or soundtracks or whatever, and not acknowledge the blatantly obvious tributes to Copland??? The sequence at the beginning in the graveyard? I've only seen the movie once and figured that one out. That's more important than ANY theme...its AMERICAN music. It takes an extremely talented composer to pay such an emotional homage to probably the greatest American composer to ever live, WHILE paying homage to the soldiers. The musicians of the Boston Symphony (NOT Symphonic) Orchestra are professional musicians and know music, and I would not hesitate to say that playing such music could effect them in that way.
Sorry for ranting, but I would just like a more educated approach to film score criticism. I really felt that the bad reviews just didn't "like" the score, which shows no integrity and respect for Williams, who obviously knows more than all of us about film composition.