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Comments about the soundtrack for Cinderella Man (Thomas Newman)
A missed opportunity

Marcus Lewis
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Bryant Opeil
A missed opportunity   Sunday, June 5, 2005 (10:05 a.m.) 

I just saw Cinderella Man last night and I must say, I am very disappointed with Thomas Newman's effort. He seems to feel the piano is versitile enough to appear in every cue, when sometimes its clunky melodies and awkward minimalistic approach hurts the scene more than it helps. I was also surprised that there was so little music in the film itself. There were moments when nothing would happen, musically, and it did not feel very natural. Between the lack of musical presence as well as an unnatural feeling of the music when it was present, I think giving this score two stars would be plenty.

I kept thinking, this is Road to Perdition with less imagination. I kept waiting for something to happen and when it did, it was a page right out of Newman's previous efforts -- a lovechild of Shawshank and Perdition. Perhaps Newman was rushed, but where was the bold, new sounds that he used in American Beauty? Where was the terrific orchestral color he employed in Finding Nemo? Of all the directions he could have gone, I must say I find this one very disappointing.

There was so much opportunity for thematic beauty and real introspective scoring instead of using the mono-rhythmic approach of having the strings change from one chord to the next time after time. I like suspensions, too, but I want more and I think Newman missed a great opportunity this time around.

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Bryant Opeil
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Re: A missed opportunity   Tuesday, June 7, 2005 (7:10 a.m.) 

I agree. I loved the movie and there were moments that the score seemed almost to work, but in the end it was nothing compared to any of Horner's efforts for Ron Howard. The music for Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and The Missing work so much better with the visuals of Ron Howard. I don't know why James Horner was not available to work on this film, but I hope that Mr. Howard understands who is the best composer to compliment his work. I went into the movie theater thinking I would hear something favorable to A Beautiful Mind or even James Newton Howard's The Village, but what I heard was a weak version of Road to Perdition.

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