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Mr. Destiny
(1990)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 15th, 1990)
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Regular U.S. release. Out of print, but still readily available.
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Buy it... if you want an alternately magical and conservative symphonic score of redemption from a veteran of B-rate comedy compositions.

Avoid it... if you've never been wildly enthusiastic about David Newman's significant collection of lighthearted orchestral writing.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,334
WRITTEN 4/20/97, REVISED 4/23/06
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Mr. Destiny: (David Newman) It's been done before, and it's been done with far more originality. It never seems that Mr. Destiny apologizes for borrowing so many ideas from other films, and to make matters worse, it makes little attempt to take those ideas in a new direction. If you're familiar with "It's a Wonderful Life" or "A Christmas Carol," then you'll immediately identify James Belushi in the Scrooge role in Mr. Destiny. He's a defeated man, still stuck on his memory of striking out in a high school baseball championship; when his boss fires him, his car breaks down, and everyone forgets his birthday, he stumbles into an empty bar where he tells the bartender that everything has gone wrong in his life since that baseball game. Lucky for him this bartender is none other than Michael Caine in the role of God (or guardian angel, or ghost of Christmas past... makes no difference). Caine takes Belushi on a trip back in his life to discover what might have happened had things turned out differently, allowing Belushi to live out his alternate reality (and swap Linda Hamilton for Rene Russo, which makes anyone wonder why the guy is dissatisfied in either case). Some comedic moments result, but the problem with Mr. Destiny is that it takes so long to get to its salvation and offers too few laughs in between. Everything is painfully predictable and drawn out, and critics and audiences identified the film as a rehash without the comedy to float its tired script. Interestingly, some of America's foremost critics (including Roger Ebert) criticized the underscore of the film as being uninspired, and the writer of that score is David Newman. For decades, Newman has been stuck writing dumb comedy music, wasting his talents on films that don't deserve the kind of orchestral integrity that he offers. Someone has to do the job, though, and Newman seems to dive head-first into these projects.



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Average: 3.21 Stars
***** 41 5 Stars
**** 49 4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 30:10
• 1. Mr. Destiny (5:04)
• 2. Main Title (1:44)
• 3. Larry's Life is Changed (3:43)
• 4. Cindy Joe's Present (1:14)
• 5. Larry Sees His Office (0:50)
• 6. Larry Sees His House (1:56)
• 7. Leo Sneaks Around (0:29)
• 8. Larry Meets Jerry (4:16)
• 9. Larry Looks for Ellen (3:52)
• 10. Larry Punches Out Niles (1:07)
• 11. Going Back Home (0:48)
• 12. Larry is Home (5:07)

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