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Comments about the soundtrack for Apollo 13 (James Horner)

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Braveheart is better
• Posted by: Dan Sartori   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, December 17, 2001, at 10:53 a.m.
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I LOVE this soundtrack and I think it deserves five stars. However, I feel that something very important is being ignored when the statement is made that Apollo 13 is better than Braveheart. I think that it is easier for us to understand the themes in Apollo 13 because we are Americans and our culture is what we understand, naturally. However, there is one important distinction that I feel makes Braveheart rise above Apollo 13 and, indeed, above every other soundtrack in history. This is the incredible message of hope which pervades every moment of the score for Braveheart. Apollo 13 contains wonderful themes portraying patriotism, courage, and heroism, but there are few moments which unmistakably give the listener the feeling of unrestricted hope. In stark contrast, this undeniable feeling of hope is present in every single moment of music from the Braveheart soundtrack. This is portrayed ingeniously against the desolateness of both the Scottish highlands and the very situation of William Wallace. Wallace has hope in the midst of his circumstances; his very life is lived with this principle in mind. He believes in his dream so much that he becomes a martyr for it. His hope is so strong that it almost becomes faith. And, after all, faith and hope are infinitely more powerful than courage or patriotism.

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