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Comments about the soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ (John Debney)

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I find this score to be rather loving.
• Posted by: Matt Thompson   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at 7:41 a.m.
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Perhaps the critic(s) of this site is right and if you hate this movie you'll hate everything else that accompanies it. It makes no sense why the critic(s)of this site can not judge a composer or his score with out bringing there personal views of the subject matter to light. In the context of the film score why does it matter if Debney or Gibson, the director is a Christian? I also find the remark about this score would be accepatable for a Stargate sequel and not for the story of Christ to be demeaning; although I do not think it was the writer's intention.

For myself, when I play the CD, I hear a collection of powerful and stirring music. There is a variety of emotions that plays through the notes from the middle eastern strings and vocals that paints a desert atmosphere, to the drums and wind flutes that represents the gentle love of God versus the cruelty of a sinful world ruled by brutes. There is also the music that accompanies Mary that is as memorable and emotional on screen as it is off screen. It is quiet music with strings playing and in one track it leads up to a full and emotional scene (which I believe is when Mary goes to Christ after he falls and Christ tells her He goes to deliver the world)complete with a sweeping climax with an adult choir.

I hear nothing that would leave me to feel that this score has failed the subject matter of the movie or itself as a stand alone score. Not every score has to be an over-romanticized orchestra. After all Christ did not come to be a worldly lover that needs to be decorated with rose pedals and Vivaldi. This is not a Jane Austen story of romance and yes romantic love is not the only kind of love.

Passion of Christ is a brilliant score rather you are a Christian or not. And if you hate the score because you hate the film and you'll do anything to bad mouth it maybe you should rethink your worldly tolerance and see just how tolerant you really are. If you didn't like the score because you found it flat or unimpressive than just say it, that is by far a better argrument then saying it works for a fantasy film and not a biblical one. Please how silly.

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