just because you don't get it doesn't mean it's bad
Thursday, January 13, 2005(7:05 p.m.)
The reviewer doesn't get it - yes, the soundtrack is odd. The movie was odd. The movie was ABOUT oddness, and the main point was that being strange is way better than being wrong.
The juxtaposition of symphonic composition with electronic "dance tracks," as the reviewer calls them, the varied tones between tracks, the interesting combinations of Celtic with Gospel, of orchestra with R&B, and the many other interesting groupings within tracks and within the album as a whole are perfect vehicles for the tone of the movie. The refusal of uniformity adds to the same sense of wonder that Robin Williams' character affirms throughout the movie. IF you pay attention to the film, Robin Williams plays a character who first represents, then demonstrates, then advocates, and finally affirms and defends the very concept of wonder.
Scary for children? I sure hope so! Fascism, conformity, violence and terror SHOULD be frightening to children, just as it should be presented to children so that they know what to watch out for. This movie is a perfect teacher-by-example - the kiddies get to watch both sides, both good and evil, become more fully themselves, they get a little taste of the soul-crushing fear that Fascism brings with it (that is NOT something to hide from children, dude. Those who do not remember the past and yadda blah, you know!), and they get to watch Robin Williams discover that Wonder carries along with it as much responsibility, if not more, than all that awful Serious Stuff. The responsibility of good in the face of evil is a worthy theme, even without all the other goodies in this movie.
So don't be a Greyface. It's a great movie for kids, and for the rest of us. And the soundtrack goes a long way toward imparting that sense of quirkiness and wonder long after you forgot how freaky and beautiful the movie is.