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The Last Legion
(2007)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Shearman

Co-Orchestrated by:
James McWilliam
Paul Englishby

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

Produced by:
Maggie Rodford
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Varèse Sarabande
(August 14th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek inspiration from Patrick Doyle's most robust and consistently heroic action mode of the mid-2000's, an immense streamlining of the composer's own stylistic tendencies on a grand scale.

Avoid it... if your appreciation of Doyle's music is attached to his typically intelligent structural applications, a habit not indulged to a great degree in this rather brutish expression of grandeur.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,750
WRITTEN 8/11/11
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The Last Legion: (Patrick Doyle) The idea of overlapping the fall of the Roman Empire with Arthurian legends raises all sorts of questions about historical accuracies, but it nevertheless promised to make for an interesting action/fantasy movie. Unfortunately, Doug Lefler's liberal 2007 adaptation of a 2003 Italian novel was so poorly conceived that The Last Legion failed to earn back its own budget despite restraining its costs rather well during production. While intrigue certainly exists in the combination of Merlin, Arthur, and the final Roman Emperor and the descendents of Julius Caesar, there are so many outrageous fallacies in the historical depictions within The Last Legion, some of them off by a whopping thousand years, that it becomes an embarrassingly laughable spectacle of cheap trash. In 5th Century Europe, the Roman Empire is collapsing and child Emperor Romulus is banished into exile. With the help of Merlin, he seeks refuge in Britain. There, he encounters the "last legion" of Roman soldiers who inevitably support him against the local warlords who ally themselves with the Goth rulers of Rome. The Excalibur sword is crucial to winning this fight, and the end of the film portrays the events that lead up to the sword's embedding in a rock and a young Arthur's realization that he is tied to Roman lineage. The production took the easier route in its application of historical stereotypes to costumes and settings, the armor and architecture seen on screen completely inappropriate for the era. Applied with equally broad strokes is Patrick Doyle's score, one that caters to generalized conceptions of the brash, heroically monumental music one would expect for a tale merging Rome and Arthur. Doyle was on a fantasy and action kick in the mid-2000's, having successfully provided rousing symphonic scores for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Eragon. These works, while ranging from mildly entertaining for some Doyle collectors to a pinnacle of success for others, represented a period during which the composer was still infusing his own stylistic mannerisms solely upon his major projects. As such, there is more than a hint of the grandiose melodramatic lyricism dating back to Doyle's days as Kenneth Branagh's writer of choice for his Shakespearean scores. In the most positively upbeat portions, lively spirit from Much Ado About Nothing can be heard. Absent at this point in his career was Doyle's eventually successful incorporation of modern American blockbuster sensibilities into his style that would yield Thor and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a tremendous pair of successful genre scores in 2011. In this regard, The Last Legion is the final entry in the development of Doyle's original action mode.



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Average: 3.06 Stars
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Mike - October 6, 2011, at 7:36 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:19
• 1. Sacred Pentangle (2:54)
• 2. Coronation (2:14)
• 3. Goths Seize Rome (4:10)
• 4. Wrong Answer (2:05)
• 5. Secret Sword (5:51)
• 6. Escape From Capri (3:20)
• 7. Nestor's Betrayal (3:14)
• 8. Journey to Britannia (2:28)
• 9. Hadrian's Wall (2:13)
• 10. Excalibur (1:49)
• 11. Sword Play Romance (1:10)
• 12. Who Killed Them? (3:12)
• 13. The Battle of Hadrian's Wall (6:15)
• 14. Death of Vortgyn (4:15)
• 15. No More War (5:38)

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