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Comments about the soundtrack for The Adjustment Bureau (Thomas Newman)

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• Posted by: Joel A. Griswell   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 9:44 p.m.
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Good review Christian, sadly not much here. I saw the film several weeks ago, and overall was quite impressed, no masterpiece, but really enjoyed it.

However, the score by far (I thought) was the weakest link in the entire film. Which is an absolute tragedy. I mean, heck give me the good ol' days where composers were handed absolute B-level garbage, but overcame the odds and took advantage of the opportunity to create a masterpiece. There's countless examples, where even if the film totally sucks, if it at least presents a large canvas--then the music totally succeeds the film.

Sadly the opposite happens here. Newman is sadly on auto-play, and his music rarely even added any drama to the film, other than mere rhythmic pressure, very little emotional connection, and at times it even really stuck out to me as being very aggravating.

Such a shame, and a missed opportunity. How can such a great composer be given a fun, intelligent like this and church out drivel?

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