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

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Re: I strongly disagree!
• Posted by: Mary   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at 9:09 a.m.
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• In Response to: I strongly disagree! (DILinator)

I couldn't have summed up this soundtrack better myself (referring to DILinator's below comments). I find myself reading soundtrack reviews less and less, because reviews like this are so dominated by personal taste, as well as statements to the effect that, "You must be crazy if you like this soundtrack." Those who automatically hate melodic scores and uplifting stories will obviously disapprove of this soundtrack without giving it much listen. Contrary to generalizations like this, I'm one who doesn't care for golf, yet love both the music and the film (including its entire cast). I find Jones' story inspiring, and I enjoy reliving his emotional highs and lows through the music. The themes are very memorable to me (they've played through my head quite often, believe it or not, and did so immediately after seeing the film). The melding of the soft symphonic passages with the frequent Scottish touches is amazingly smooth and pleasant to my ears. And what one may regard as "sappy" I consider appropriate for the slower, simpler times in which Jones lived. Just because a kinder story has no immediacy for many does not justify the bashing this film and soundtrack have received. Life is about far more than just speed and violence. For me, too, this is a great score.

> 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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