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The Witches
(2020)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway
Cliff Masterson

Orchestrated by:
Mark Graham
William Ross

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano
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WaterTower Music
(October 23rd, 2020)
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Buy it... if you are a nostalgic fool and seek a time machine back to the classics of Alan Silvestri's career, this score a fanciful pleasure of his trademark action and fantasy modes.

Avoid it... if you're likely to lament the relative brevity of the score's delightfully elegant material for the witches, their themes of mystery and intrigue largely abandoned by the halfway point.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,978
WRITTEN 2/23/21
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Roald Dahl's The Witches: (Alan Silvestri) The second adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1983 novel about witches seeking to turn all the world's children into mice is Robert Zemeckis' 2020 attempt to more closely follow the original story than the 1990 film had. This despite a shifting of the setting from England to Alabama and an enhanced horror element involving the look of the witches. The movie stirred controversy for its depiction of malformed limbs as belonging only to witches, though more troublesome in many ways is the Venom-like style of the mouth on Anne Hathaway's Grand High Witch that, quite frankly, could scare the crap out of anyone. With writing and production assistance from the likes of Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, Zemeckis was set to impress with The Witches, the plot telling of a group of nefarious witches assembling at an upscale hotel to start their war against the children, all the while a group of youngsters and their grandmother struggle to stop them both as both humans and mice. The comedy film was blasted for being too terrifying for kids, exhibiting a somewhat somber plot notion that transformations into mice are permanent, and promoting an undercurrent of prejudicial, wealthy white privilege in the Grand High Witch. Partially released in theatres internationally and dumped otherwise on HBO, The Witches represents a fairly significant misfire for Zemeckis. But for film score enthusiasts, his involvement meant a return of composer Alan Silvestri for an 18th time in this collaboration, a highlight of the movie. Large-scale fantasy and adventure scores from Silvestri were few and far between in the 2010s, his output in those genres largely confined to a few entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ready Player One, and the lingering Night at the Museum franchise. For The Witches, the composer was perfectly set to reprise not only his popular action mode but also further develop the supernatural elements of Practical Magic and Death Becomes Her while extending his sometimes outstanding mouse-related comedy material for Mouse Hunt and Stuart Little. The resulting combination of these points of reference for The Witches is so overwhelmingly saturated with Silvestri's trademark mannerisms that the music is unmistakably his at every moment, a nostalgic treat to behold from start to finish.


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The review complains about stupid things
RedTower - May 8, 2021, at 7:58 a.m.
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Witches = Silvestri's antisemitic soundtrack
SamV - May 7, 2021, at 10:22 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 72:08
• 1. Witches Are Real (2:25)
• 2. My First Witch (3:45)
• 3. What You Saw (3:07)
• 4. Chickenafied (2:45)
• 5. Enter the Witches (3:57)
• 6. Grand High Witch (3:21)
• 7. Witches (3:31)
• 8. Instant Mouse (4:07)
• 9. A Narrow Escape (4:40)
• 10. Fourth Floor (3:13)
• 11. It Can Be Very Dangerous (3:11)
• 12. The Potion (3:57)
• 13. Let's Make a Potion (3:58)
• 14. The Mission (2:33)
• 15. Soup is On (2:45)
• 16. Pigtails (3:29)
• 17. A Stolen Key (3:27)
• 18. Let Me Out (2:34)
• 19. I Didn't Hear a Thing (3:08)
• 20. Pea Soup (2:23)
• 21. End Credits (The Witches) (5:54)

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