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Comments about the soundtrack for Dragonslayer (Alex North)

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Re: Dumbest review ever
• Posted by: Mike
• Date: Sunday, December 27, 2009, at 3:24 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Dumbest review ever (Stranger)

> What? And who's been arrogant here? It would seem that only you are able
> to judge how a good score must be. Define what a "movie lover"
> is, please. What is that? Perhaps someone who likes scores by the likes of
> Horner or Goldsmith (precisely the ones you enjoy? What a coindidence...
> Well, don't make me laugh please, I'm tired of hearing opinions about
> people like you who consider their personal tastes as the yardstick to
> measure the objective quality of something.

> "Dragonslayer" is a neglected masterpiece, it's not for
> everyone, but it's sheer quality is plain to see, I think.

The "objective quality of something" ... I think with film music there is no such thing. Yes, you can measure the quality of the orchestration, the sound quality, the complexity of the score, the quality-by-atonality etc. But all that is nothing when it doesn't work in the film.

The Dragonslayer score really distracted me from the movie, it was so much in my face and out of sync with the screen action (I think about the awful finale). As I already said, a score must put itself in the service of the movie, it shouldn't be conceived like a composition that stands on its own (if it does it's great but that's only a goodie).

Horner is a good example. There are a lot of people (incl. me) that hate when he reuses the same melodies & tricks over and over again. His latest score for Avatar can be described as Best-of-Horner, many similarities to previous scores. Nevertheless I like the score very much and within the movie it works brilliantly so he must do something right and that is to reflect and support the scene with his music.

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  • Absolutely correct  (4102 views)
       Mike - Monday, July 3, 2006, at 9:31 a.m.
    •    Dumbest review ever  (3865 views)
         Stranger - Friday, March 21, 2008, at 7:26 a.m.
      •    Re: Dumbest review ever  (3407 views)
           Erick Espinosa - Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at 3:27 p.m.
      •    Re: Dumbest review ever  (3683 views)
           Mike - Sunday, August 3, 2008, at 7:40 a.m.
        •    Re: Dumbest review ever  (3486 views)
             Stranger - Monday, October 13, 2008, at 12:03 p.m.
          •      Re: Dumbest review ever  (2864 views)    We're Here
               Mike - Sunday, December 27, 2009, at 3:24 p.m.

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