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Meet the Spartans
(2008)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Christopher Lennertz

Orchestrated by:
Andrew Kinney
Larry Rench
Brandon Roberts
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(2008)
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Buy it... if you are willing and able to forget that this remarkably entertaining large-scale, historical epic exists in the parody genre.

Avoid it... if any score built upon cliches, no matter their magnificence, is as offensive to you as wailing female vocals that actually contain lyrics about penguin testicles in Greek.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,207
WRITTEN 2/3/09
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Meet the Spartans: (Christopher Lennertz) Every time you think audiences will tire of ridiculously dumb parodies of pop culture and other films, yet another entry comes along and earns massive box office grosses at its debut. Such was the case with Meet the Spartans, scrambled to life by the directors and/or writers of Scary Movie and Epic Movie with the cult favorite 300 in its sights. In this version of the tale, Sparta is represented by 13 disco-dancing soldiers against the invasion by Xerxes, dispatching doubles for Britney Spears, George W. Bush, and others while pulling gags inspired by Transformers, Spider-Man, and Ghost Rider. Predictably, the film was uniformly crucified by the few critics who were forced by their publications to actually view this trash. But as long as Meet the Spartans turned a profit in the absence of legitimate laughs, who is to say that films like this will ever thankfully cease to exist? These kinds of throwaway productions are the last place most film score collectors typically look for decent underscores, but the task of writing convincing original music for this variety of venture is arguably more challenging than in its serious counterparts. Accomplished in such parody scores is Christopher Lennertz, who approached Meet the Spartans in a way that Elmer Bernstein had proven decades before is the best way to enhance the laughs related to the stupid behavior on screen. By treating Meet the Spartans as though it is a completely, deadly serious film, Lennertz avoids the pitfalls of open parody styles and heightens the sense of incongruity in the plot's intentional fallacies of logic. Picking up on his extensive experience working with the late Basil Poledouris, Lennertz tackled this project as if he were scoring a straight sequel to Gladiator, though pulling some general inspiration from Tyler Bates' 300 and others along the way. Because the budget for Meet the Spartans was obviously restricted, the composer recorded with the 94-piece Belgrade Film Orchestra and 80-voice choir in Serbia, but their performances, despite a few issues with the quality of the recording on album, are in no way lacking.

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Average: 3 Stars
***** 30 5 Stars
**** 40 4 Stars
*** 35 3 Stars
** 27 2 Stars
* 36 1 Stars
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Decent score for an abysmal movie
Richard Kleiner - October 16, 2010, at 11:59 p.m.
1 comment  (778 views)
Scary Movie NOT directed by these guys
Devon - February 15, 2009, at 7:08 p.m.
1 comment  (1226 views)
Biggest WTF moment next to the Spitzer scandal   Expand >>
JBlough (formerly TUBA) - February 12, 2009, at 3:15 p.m.
8 comments  (2591 views)
Newest: February 13, 2009, at 3:30 p.m.by JBlough (formerly TUBA)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 34:37
• 1. Land of Sparta (1:35)
• 2. Survival in the Wild (1:01)
• 3. A King Returns/The Pit (0:57)
• 4. A Beast is Defeated (1;17)
• 5. Courtship & Family (1:29)
• 6. The Pit of Death (2:43)
• 7. Dilio Likes Cliff (0:18)
• 8. Tattoos and Sentiments (1:26)
• 9. The Army Assembles (1:06)
• 10. Goodbye My Queen (1:53)
• 11. He's Got a Huge Package (0:24)
• 12. Persians Approach (1:14)
• 13. I Can't Read (0:41)
• 14. Cliff Diving (0:50)
• 15. Xerxes Approaches (0:38)
• 16. The Prophets/A Human Chill (1:08)
• 17. Do It Like Never Before (0:53)
• 18. Your King Needs Your Help/Leonidas Steams (1:03)
• 19. Spiderman Fight (2:02)
• 20. A Creature Awaits (0:50)
• 21. Ghost Rider/Rocky (2:59)
• 22. Final Battle (2:58)
• 23. Xerxes Transforms (2:09)
• 24. A God King Falls (2:53)

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