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 Posted:   Jul 29, 2014 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   davidcoscina   (Member)

My review of both the film and score are now up at Movie Music Musings. Like most people in this thread, I loved both a great deal (though you'll be disappointed if you're hoping for an in-depth analysis of the CD packaging). Here's the link:

http://moviemusicmusings.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/how-to-train-your-dragon-2-film-and-score-review/

Thanks, and I'd love to hear any of your thoughts!

Paul


Great review Paul. You summed both film and music up perfectly. smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2017 - 1:53 AM   
 By:   Coco314   (Member)

I'm still enormously impressed by this score years after. This is truly Powell magnum opus, his "Empire strikes back" as it expends beautifully on already magnificent material from the first movie.
The new themes are gorgeous and Powell expertise in theme and variation is really up to the best standards, particularly the "mother/family" theme. Few scores have stuff as exciting as "Dragon Races" and "Battle of the Bewilderbeast", as heartbreaking as "Stoick's ship" , as exhilarating as "Flying with Mother" or "Toothless Found"

I like that this one has a more "classical sound" than the first (the action tracks, while being in a similar vein, flow better for me here) and I hope Powell expands on this in the future (the third movie has been pushed back again, to 2019 this time, BTW).

For those not into it, can you explain why? I thought this score might delight fans of Williams or Giacchino thematic, expressive-based writing.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2017 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'm still enormously impressed by this score years after. This is truly Powell magnum opus, his "Empire strikes back" as it expends beautifully on already magnificent material from the first movie.
The new themes are gorgeous and Powell expertise in theme and variation is really up to the best standards, particularly the "mother/family" theme. Few scores have stuff as exciting as "Dragon Races" and "Battle of the Bewilderbeast", as heartbreaking as "Stoick's ship" , as exhilarating as "Flying with Mother" or "Toothless Found"

I like that this one has a more "classical sound" than the first (the action tracks, while being in a similar vein, flow better for me here) and I hope Powell expands on this in the future (the third movie has been pushed back again, to 2019 this time, BTW).

For those not into it, can you explain why? I thought this score might delight fans of Williams or Giacchino thematic, expressive-based writing.


Oddly enough HTTYD is one of my least favorite Powell scores, and I love most of his work. Dragon's 2 knocks it out of the ball park, and it's a score I haven't heard the likes of since the 80's. I've yet seen Giacchino reach this level of development, and yes I would compare it to the likes of Williams from that time period too.

My only nit pick is the score is to loud. I don't know whether there's just to much bombast, (it is relentless is it not?) or if it's the case the CD was mastered to loud. Which is a common complaint nowadays. It's certainly one of my top ten favorite scores of the decade.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2017 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

I have t heard this score in a while but can recall huge chucks of it from memory alone.

The majority of Giacchino's work, on the other hand, I find forgettable while I am actually listening to it.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2017 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   CitizenJoe   (Member)

I'm still enormously impressed by this score years after. This is truly Powell magnum opus, his "Empire strikes back" as it expends beautifully on already magnificent material from the first movie.
The new themes are gorgeous and Powell expertise in theme and variation is really up to the best standards, particularly the "mother/family" theme. Few scores have stuff as exciting as "Dragon Races" and "Battle of the Bewilderbeast", as heartbreaking as "Stoick's ship" , as exhilarating as "Flying with Mother" or "Toothless Found"

I like that this one has a more "classical sound" than the first (the action tracks, while being in a similar vein, flow better for me here) and I hope Powell expands on this in the future (the third movie has been pushed back again, to 2019 this time, BTW).

For those not into it, can you explain why? I thought this score might delight fans of Williams or Giacchino thematic, expressive-based writing.


Oddly enough HTTYD is one of my least favorite Powell scores, and I love most of his work. Dragon's 2 knocks it out of the ball park, and it's a score I haven't heard the likes of since the 80's. I've yet seen Giacchino reach this level of development, and yes I would compare it to the likes of Williams from that time period too.

My only nit pick is the score is to loud. I don't know whether there's just to much bombast, (it is relentless is it not?) or if it's the case the CD was mastered to loud. Which is a common complaint nowadays. It's certainly one of my top ten favorite scores of the decade.


It's the mastering. The FYC promo makes the brass in particular much more bearable to listen to. Same with the first score.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2017 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

.

Oddly enough HTTYD is one of my least favorite Powell scores, .


That pretty much sums up the Solium dialectic

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2017 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I would love to hear a rerecorded suite of themes from the two films!!!

something akin TO Charles GERHARDT's EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, CITIZEN KANE, LOST HORIZON recordings
Damn, I miss that guy!
brm

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2017 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

I would love to hear a rerecorded suite of themes from the two films!!!

something akin TO Charles GERHARDT's EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, CITIZEN KANE, LOST HORIZON recordings
Damn, I miss that guy!
brm


I remember back when I loved a score (like Elfman's Batman) I'd usually dig up at least one re-recording of it. I think the last re-recording I've got might be Pirates of the Caribbean.

I'd love to hear a HTTYD suite from both movies. Especially live.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2017 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

.

Oddly enough HTTYD is one of my least favorite Powell scores, .


That pretty much sums up the Solium dialectic


I'm complicated, or confused depending on who you ask. big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2017 - 2:38 AM   
 By:   Coco314   (Member)

I was not a particular fan of Powell before - I liked a lot his kinetic Bourne scores, and HTTYD was for me a soundtrack of great highlights (you know, "this is Berk", "Forbidden Friendship", "Test Drive", "Romantic Flight"). I loved the themes but was not entirely sold on the whole thing; the action tracks were too busy and - for the lack of a better world - too "Remote Control" sounding for me ("heavy handed" perhaps?).

But I love everything from the second opus, and the second half of the disc is absolutely phenomenal. In fact, come to think of it, it might be my favorite score of the last five years, something I would never have thought possible five years ago.

 
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