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I don't find this score very "infectious"...

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I don't find this score very "infectious"...   Friday, June 18, 2004 (10:54 p.m.) 

...to me, it's more like pleasant, non-engaging background music. I wouldn't consider this a very unique score by any means and I find it far less original (in terms of comparison to recent works of music by any composer and in terms of comparison only to Williams' other works) and far less interesting than "Catch Me If You Can".

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"Well, that is because you are stupid." *NM*   Saturday, June 19, 2004 (5:32 p.m.) 



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Re: I don't find this score very "infectious"...   Monday, June 21, 2004 (10:48 p.m.) 

What I would say in response to your statement is that this score is almost an adaptation of Catch Me If You Can, but with a new theme or two and none of the original themes from that movie. I will agree that John isn't given as much cfreedom to work with in this film and, as a result, the score sounds as though John had to hold back somewhat. It seems almost an unnatural fit, but a fit none the less. I just believe the score to be functional, but nothing to write home about.

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The thing that I've noticed with John's last two Spielberg Scores (Terminal and Catch Me) is that they serve as an enhancement to the movie. I am fairly used to hearing John Williams steal the show with music that comes to the forefront at every possible moment (although it is usualy in the best of taste). But the last two... I had to see Catch Me twice before I even noticed the music outside of the credits. I believe Catch me to be one of John's most functional scores. The Terminal, I only saw today and, with the exception of a few romantic moments (IE the mosaic scene) and some spots that sounded like a regurgitation of Catch Me, the music was used as JUST the cherry on top rather than the cherry, hot fudge, and whipped cream of the big Sundae.



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Re: I don't find this score very "infectious"...   Tuesday, June 22, 2004 (1:04 a.m.) 

I think this is a very different score than Catch Me If You Can, actually. But, I do agree that these two scores were more "reserved" than many of Williams's scores. I don't think these two are truly "reserved" on their own but just reserved in comparison to many of John's other works. Though the music may not seem to stick out as much from these two films, I think that if you weren't familiar with John's work that maybe you would notice it more. If this isn't the case, maybe I find that even these more reserved works of his are not so reserved simply because they are so interesting on their own.

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Re: I don't find this score very "infectious"...   Wednesday, June 23, 2004 (8:38 p.m.) 

Personally, I think this score (and Catch Me for that matter) are more in the background of things because of the nature of the movies.

Most of William's past collaborations with Spielberg have either been sci-fi or deeply emotional movies. All three for their own obvious reasons require upfront scores.

Now take a look at Catch Me If You Can. Williams was primarily accentuated one thing: the chase. This movie was grounded in reality so it didn't need wall to wall score to sell the picture. Same goes with The Terminal. It's an airport - nothing epic or mythic about that. And so this score is more about selling Victor Navorski's character and his romance, goings on, etc at the airport.

Anyway, I find the score very enjoyable particularly on my second and third listenings. It's a romantic comedy score after all, a genre that requires the music to stay back a bit more to really do its magic. The Navorski theme is catchy, I really dig the inclusion of the accordian, and the bits of jazz are really well done. I can't wait to check this movie out this weekend! Looks like John "the man" Williams did it again

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