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Comments about the soundtrack for The Smurfs (Heitor Pereira)
You actually reviewed this?

Edmund Meinerts
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You actually reviewed this?   Friday, August 19, 2011 (5:29 a.m.) 

I'm surprised. Somewhat. But since you have, I might as well comment, as I seem to be one of the few people who bothered with this score.

Mostly I agree. However, I think I'd be a bit harsher on this score than you. First of all, you call the score "richly orchestral" - really? I mean, okay, it does use woodwinds, but that doesn't forgive the very obviously synthesized/sampled brass section, which sounds as thin as it ever did in a MV/RC score. Plus, the 67-minute presentation is absolutely too much - half that would have been more than sufficent. I'm not usually one to plug the tired old too-long-album argument, but here it's just painful. Overall I'd give this two stars, or maybe two on album and three in film if you're feeling generous. Somehow it doesn't seem right that this has the same rating as many of John Powell's far superior animated efforts.

Did you by any chance ever get your hands on the small demo of Pereira's Despicable Me score? That's a far more enjoyable and cohesive effort than this obnoxious one.


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Re: You actually reviewed this?   Friday, August 19, 2011 (4:33 p.m.) 

> I'm surprised. Somewhat. But since you have, I might as well comment, as I
> seem to be one of the few people who bothered with this score.

Interesting review, but I thought Filmtracks was against Remote Control scores...


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Re: You actually reviewed this?   Saturday, August 20, 2011 (3:15 a.m.) 

> Interesting review, but I thought Filmtracks was against Remote Control
> scores...

You again?

Filmtracks isn't against Remote Control scores. If you maybe tried to read more than ten reviews here, you would see that. Good RC scores like King Arthur have fairly high ratings, bad ones like Iron Man do not. End of story. There are a few which have unfairly punishing ratings (At World's End, Transformers) but the reviewer can't agree with you every time (which is what you seem to be expecting).

This score doesn't actually sound much like RC at all.


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Re: You actually reviewed this?   Thursday, September 22, 2011 (7:34 p.m.) 

> Somehow it doesn't seem right that this has the same
> rating as many of John Powell's far superior animated efforts.

It's because Pereira IS John Powell. They are the same man, one of them wearing a wig and the other wearing glasses. When the music comes out bad, Powell puts Pereira's name on the cue sheets. Otherwise he takes credit himself.



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Re: You actually reviewed this?   Wednesday, September 28, 2011 (5:33 p.m.) 

> It's because Pereira IS John Powell. They are the same man, one of them
> wearing a wig and the other wearing glasses. When the music comes out bad,
> Powell puts Pereira's name on the cue sheets. Otherwise he takes credit
> himself.

If that was the case, Powell would have taken credit for "Despicable Me".


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