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Re: Is Howard Shore Overrated?
• Posted by: Paulie   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, March 10, 2006, at 5:13 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Is Howard Shore Overrated? (Justin Such)

The point here is that he didn't just "burst" onto the musical scene. Howard has been here for a fair bit, and hasn't shown anything that remarkable. As good as LOTR is, i have to agree with the statements that he won't be doing anything else to this level...Sad, but it's only bolstered by the fact of what happened with King Kong.

> I have to strongly disagree with you about Howard Shore being overrated. I
> think one the reasons people still have a problem taken him seriously is
> the fact he came from no where on to the music scene with the Lord of the
> Rings Trilogy and took pretty took all of us by surprise. As for whether
> he will last to become a Williams, Horner, or Elfmen I do think he will
> hold up over time, maybe not to John Williams level (and at this point its
> probably futile to think that anyone will ever surpass, let only match
> Williams level of musical accomplishment) but he will be right up there
> with the best of them. I will say that I though his score in 2005 to David
> Cronenberg A History of Violence was one of the best of the year (pity it
> was overlooked by the Academy in favor of Pride and Prejudice, The
> Constant Gardener, and BrokeBack Mountain all competent but lesser scores
> of the truly great scores of 2005), and I would have loved to hear what he
> did with Peter Jackson King Kong (though I was very happy with what James
> Newton Howard with the score coming off a great year for him with both an
> excellent King Kong score, and the highly under rated Batman Begins
> collaboration with Hans Zimmer which was one of the most hauntingly
> beautiful Scores of 2005, side note the reason Batman Begins Score is so
> underrated is people instead on comparing it to Danny Elfmen 1989 Batman
> score which is simply one of the best scores ever written to this date,
> but the two scores take such different paths that any comparison between
> the two misses the point of what the composers were going for).

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