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Comments about the soundtrack for Troy (Gabriel Yared/James Horner)

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Re: Horner's version was better...
• Posted by: Scorehound   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 10:15 p.m.
• IP Address: d142-179-242-30.abhsia.telus.net
• In Response to: Re: Horner's version was better... (Wilczak)

It took you 2 years to think of a response? j/k.

We all have our likes and dislikes, music we love and music we despise. I still stand by my 2012 opinion that Gabriel Yared's score was not appropriate for a film that was geared for a more mainstream audience like Troy was. Just like when Ridley Scott had to replace the score for Legend at the behest of the studio because they wanted to cater to American movie goers, so to did the music for Troy have to mesh with the modern listeners.

Yared's score, on it's own isn't bad. But for the emotional side of the story I found James Horner more capable at bringing a love story and a tragedy like the sacking of Troy full circle. I love Horner's danger motif and love how he employs it in most of his music. But then again, I love Horner's music and very rarely do I find one I do not like. But that is just me.

:-)

I won't sue you for being a Horner purist, but I'll shake my head at you
> for thinking Horner's soundtrack is superior to Jared's. Zorro, Troy,
> Avatar, and Enemy at the Gates didn't just have "snippets" of
> Horner's style. They ALL had an excessively played four-note motif that
> makes me and possibly Christian Clemmensen cringe. It shows that Horner
> doesn't really have the courage to try anything new with his action
> pieces, so all these soundtracks are self-referencing and distracting from
> the movie.

> There are great exceptions like The Amazing Spider-man and Braveheart, but
> if I hear the "danger motif" even once, I role my eyes. Horner
> uses it in The Greek Army and its Defeat, along with many terrible
> transitions. Jared's Battle of Arrows is far superior with its themes for
> Greece and Troy battling it out with greater purpose.

> I definitely skip the wailing women tracks on Jared's soundtrack, which
> are unlistenable. However, the director could've easily asked Jared to
> make some changes. Isn't that what directors do? Direct! Instead he was
> lazy, chose a different composer, and mashed it all together in a D-cut
> later. It goes to show the director wasn't very good. As a whole, the
> movie would've been terrible either way, but Jared would've at least
> captivated us with his all-powerful Greek theme.
> Yes, I am a James Horner purist. Sue me. I have been in love with his work




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