Posted by: Abigailian <Send E-Mail> Date: Monday, June 30, 2008, at 10:15 p.m. IP Address: h-68-164-108-103.dnvtco56.dynamic.covad.net
I have two main complaints about this review. One, is his complaint about Michael Crawford's performances being rather unpleasant. Well, in Hello Dolly, he's supposed to be sort of an unmasculine nerd, and therefore, his performances are more acting than singing. They just used some tracks from Hello Dolly is all.
Two, as far as 'just textures' go, whoever said that a film score HAD to use leitmotif. It's just a technique, and you can look at it one of two ways. Either, a theme helps you connect with a character, and therefore can make a cue more effective, or themes get in the way of making the most appropriate music for a given scene. In this particulat movie, Thomas Newman just decided not to rely too much on leitmotif, but that certainly need not be a weakness of the score. As it happens, it is VERY GOOD texture