Posted by: Sean Raduechel <Send E-Mail> Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2001, at 7:49 p.m. IP Address: csradu469.uwsp.edu
I cannot help but note a little flaw in the above review. The author tends to make a correlation between an artist's style and copying. He sights the fact that the end credit theme is similar to Casper, and assumes that to be copying. Copying, however, is taking something you specifically wrote for something else, giving it a few alterations, and trying to sell it as something else. Yes Horner is known for this, you only have to listen to Enemy at the Gates and Schindler's List at the same time to figure that out. But just because he uses similar instrumentation as another film does not mean that he is copying that film. The use of certain instrumentation repeatedly is what is commonly referred to as style. All composers have it. John Williams tends to be very opera-like, Hans Zimmer uses a lot of synchronizations and trumpets, as well as vocals, Thomas Newmann tends to use prefer strings and woodwinds, and James Horner tends to rely heavily on celtic instruments, vocals, and flowing string melodies.
A small note of caution, however. Braveheart is tied with Princess Mononoke as my all time favorite score. So I may be a little biased in my statements.