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Comments about the soundtrack for Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (James Horner)

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I strongly disagree!
• Posted by: DILinator
• Date: Saturday, May 15, 2004, at 9:59 p.m.
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While I respect Christian's point of view on this score, and can see some of where he's coming from, I have to disagree with his condemnation of this score.

While I have not heard the score yet in CD format (still waiting on it's arrival through Amazon, since no local stores carried it)I heard it while watching the movie, and thought it was excellent. In fact, after hearing it in the movie, I wanted so bad to be able to rush out and buy it, even though I couldn't because it wasn't released yet. It complemented the movie very well, and added a lot to the movie, something which I say can't be said for Horner's score for Troy.

The celtic music in the movie was very good, and outside of the obvious Braveheart "rips" was very original. It was a lot more peppy and upbeat than usual Horner Irish writing for music. It reminded me somewhat of his work on The Devil's Own.

Sure, the music could be called "sappy", but then I say that those who would call it that just prefer a different style of music, and are not as impressed by heartwarming movies, as they are by tough dramas. I personally like scores like this the best, and feel that the music is the most uplifting kind there is. While I like a good dramatic score as much as the next guy, and can tolerate most action scores, nothing is better than a heartwarming and melodic score, that uplifts the spirits.

Bobby Jones is just that, and is a great score in my opinion. Certainly a far greater match to the movie than Troy, I would say.

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