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Re: doltishness !
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• Posted by: Pawel Stroinski   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, September 1, 2002, at 4:31 a.m.
• IP Address: pc24.pi.tpsa.pl
• In Response to: doltishness ! (Roman Dlouhy´)

> Although I highly respect your opinion, I dare say you are absolutely
> wrong about this matter. I haven't heard this discussed score to
> WINDTALKERS but I have, alas, bought and heard BEAUTIFUL MIND by James
> Horner, for instance, and saw it at couple of sites evaluated with no less
> than four stars on five-star scales. Although BM score, in my opinion
> based on what I like, is a 2-star score at best if only for the stolen,
> though very nice, piano part, just because it is Horner to whom the Milky
> Way keeps forgiving carbon-copy style of composing and recent thematic
> threadbareness and of whom it's thought as constantly being unjustly
> aggrieved in the thought-up EMPIRE of Williams' scores, everything this
> guy does has recently been getting positive reviews for music that's been
> being rehashed so many times before that it became condoned on everyday
> basis.

Yes, yes. Williams is a god, the rest is nobody. I think too Williams is overrated. It's not that he started to rip off from himself, so does everybody (Hans Zimmer very rare, but still).

His music is anachronic today. Yes, it's a good word - anachronic. He invented a pompous style (it is original, but so is Zimmer's) using orchestra's abilities to its most. I respect it, but I'm full of that. Williams' scores tire me. I don't have that problem with Horner, Zimmer, Goldsmith or anybody else.

I don't remember any Williams score that evoke any emotions from me, except of course the ingenious Schindler's List. I repeat it always when i talk about Williams:

Too many embellishments, too little melody.

And listen to Windtalkers. It's a great score.

Pawel




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