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 Posted:   Jul 14, 2009 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   JMC   (Member)

John Williams will be playing some pieces of this at Tanglewood on Saturday? Anyone going?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2010 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   Nix   (Member)

Just saw this. Decent score with a good main theme. My one complaint was that the theme was often inserted in places where it didn't really work- like he'd try to make it sound more dissonant or tragic during certain scenes, but it just didn't flow and fit well.

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2011 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Sorry for digging this old thread up again! Ive been listening to this score recently for perhaps the first time in about 10 years and its still rather good. Im not really a fan of irish/ celtic flavored scores or music in general (heck, I dont even like U2 but I do like Enya!) but this has some lovely melodic themes and cues. Long been a favorite Williams for me, now that I hear it again. Strangely, Ive never seen the film (and I love Nicole...yum!).

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2011 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Sorry for digging this old thread up again! Ive been listening to this score recently for perhaps the first time in about 10 years and its still rather good. Im not really a fan of irish/ celtic flavored scores or music in general (heck, I dont even like U2 but I do like Enya!) but this has some lovely melodic themes and cues. Long been a favorite Williams for me, now that I hear it again. Strangely, Ive never seen the film (and I love Nicole...yum!).

It's a great score, but I've never really considered U2 Celtic-flavoured! LOL! smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2011 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Sorry for digging this old thread up again! Ive been listening to this score recently for perhaps the first time in about 10 years and its still rather good. Im not really a fan of irish/ celtic flavored scores or music in general (heck, I dont even like U2 but I do like Enya!) but this has some lovely melodic themes and cues. Long been a favorite Williams for me, now that I hear it again. Strangely, Ive never seen the film (and I love Nicole...yum!).

It's a great score, but I've never really considered U2 Celtic-flavoured! LOL! smile



Haha yes, fair point. Not sure what I was getting at there! Still dont like them though.

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2011 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   swtaysun   (Member)

I like how he re-worked some of this material for "American Journey".

Always wondered why the Oscar music nominating committee passed on "Far and Away" for a 1992 Original Score nomination since it was so well-received and has always been a favorite of film score folk.

It must have been difficult to nominate anything other than "Basic Instinct" that year - what a classic that was!

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2011 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Always wondered why the Oscar music nominating committee passed on "Far and Away" for a 1992 Original Score nomination since it was so well-received and has always been a favorite of film score folk.


1992 is the only year Williams has not been nominated for an Oscar aside from 2008 (no love for Indy 4, probably because of how poorly-received the movie was). Every other year he has written at least one score in, he has been nominated for the last...30 years? eek

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Just gave this a spin. Haven't heard it in more years than I can remember. Not a lot I can add, but I agree with the general consensus. It's vintage William's, big, thematic, adventurous, romantic but it doesn't have a distinctive voice of its own like Superman, Star Wars, ET, Jurassic Park, etc.

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2013 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

After a couple more listens this has grown on me a great deal. I just nip-tucked it a bit and slimmed it down to a 58 minute playlist. It's been in constant rotation. I almost forgot what real film music sounded like. razz It's a sweeping, gorgeous score.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2013 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

I'm a fan. It's a favourite. It's a fan favourite. I'll up the heresy by saying I loved the film, too.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2013 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   nerfTractor   (Member)

I need to revisit this one. I didn't love it at the time, coming in the midst of so many JW scores that I just thought were fantastic. This one was just... OK.

Maybe my problem was the main theme. The first time I heard the main theme it sounded exactly like the first four notes of "When You're Alone" from HOOK, followed by the second half of the main trumpet phrase in the JFK theme (and it still does). Hard to un-hear once you've heard it. These were all scores he worked during the same period so I guess it makes sense those same notes and phrases would be bouncing around in his head.

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2013 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

As I wrote on another posting here about the "Far And Away" score, I've always loved it and have never had a problem with its main theme, which I think is one of the most gorgeous that John Williams has written.

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2013 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I remember when the film played at the multiplex where I used to sweep up. During the jig music in the end credits piece, the ushers would throw down their brooms & dustpans and dance a jig up and down the aisle. It was okay, because hardly anyone attended, and there was very little garbage -- that wasn't on the screen, I mean.

That plus Tom Cruise's retarded (sorry, PC crowd) "Irish" accent were the most fun things I recall about the film. It seemed to me (even then) like a rare Jerry/Elmer-type assignment for Williams. In other words, "We know this is a big, expensive stinker. But since we had enough of a budget to hire you please hold your nose and do score this movie the way you would have if it were any good. Thanks."

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

That plus Tom Cruise's retarded (sorry, PC crowd) "Irish" accent were the most fun things I recall about the film. It seemed to me (even then) like a rare Jerry/Elmer-type assignment for Williams. In other words, "We know this is a big, expensive stinker. But since we had enough of a budget to hire you please hold your nose and do score this movie the way you would have if it were any good. Thanks."

If I remember correctly, Williams took the assignment because it allowed him to write Irish-inspired music (just as he took on HOME ALONE because he wanted to write Christmas music). He sometimes does that -- the idiom of music is more important than the quality of the film.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

If I remember correctly, Williams took the assignment because it allowed him to write Irish-inspired music (just as he took on HOME ALONE because he wanted to write Christmas music). He sometimes does that -- the idiom of music is more important than the quality of the film.


He did sound more authentically Irish than Cruise did, I'll give him that. F&A is one of my favorite JW scores from the early '90s.

 
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