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 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I'm a gramps, too them.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

"One of his best scores"?

It´s good and, to me, kind of sounds like Horner´s "Avatar" was used in the temp score.

But a film reviewer who hypes this one so much apparently has no knowledge about JNH´s previous works, especially his 90´s output.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

It’s a pretty forgettable score, IMO. Some great writing with exotic orchestrations (think Waterworld) and an “interesting” use of electronics, which was rather distracting instead of complimenting. Once the score was finished I couldn’t remember anything I just heard. Gonna wait till after I see the film to make a final judgment.

-Erik-

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2021 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

Anyone else find it strange that there is no composer credit on the official album cover?

What Official Album? I don't see any. A download is no "Official Album" where I come from.


Ok, grandpa


Got it Johnny. There is no credit because Disney does not care obviously. Who does?- it's a friggin download and it makes no difference at all that JNH name not on it. I would not be surprised if it becomes the norm for downloads. To not put JNH on CD is just wrong!

 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2021 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

My pocket review (of both film and score):

http://celluloidtunes.no/raya-and-the-last-dragon-james-newton-howard/


Saw the film and damn Thor was spot on in his review. I'll have to do my own review. I have more criticisms of the film, but its harmless entertainment, nothing really objectionable with a few bright spots.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2021 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   Don Norman   (Member)

I saw the movie last night and the music in the "Running On Raindrops" scene was very memorable and effective. The movie looked and sounded great in Dolby Cinema and is worth the extra effort and cost in seeing it in this format, IMO. Here's the track:


 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2021 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

That is one of my favourite cues, Don.
It's got that lovely bouncy feel akin to the flying/wishing music from his PETER PAN score.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2021 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   Don Norman   (Member)

I just found a clip of the scene itself. This scene is spectacular and pretty magical on the big screen, especially when seen in Dolby Cinema. The theatre I went to in Orange, CA had a very big screen; about as big as the screens of the movie palaces where movie musical roadshows had their exclusive engagements decades ago. The picture is bright because the Dolby Cinema process uses two projectors at the same time. The sound was immersive and had a smooth, wide frequency range too.

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2021 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I saw the movie last night and the music in the "Running On Raindrops" scene was very memorable and effective. The movie looked and sounded great in Dolby Cinema and is worth the extra effort and cost in seeing it in this format, IMO. Here's the track:



My favorite cue in the score. Wish there was more like this, but you take what you can in 2021.

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2021 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

The movie is charming, fun and just downright enjoyable. And I did not know anything about it, including the composer prior to seeing it. However, during the course of the film, I noticed how front and center the score was and the style and use of liet motifs, melodies, etc, caught my attention and I suspected JNH and sure enough...

This is such a great score, the most memorable and enjoyable to me in such a long time. And it works so well with the film.

I don't see that there is a physical CD avail for purchase though. The film did take the top spot this past week, though that isn't saying much given that AMC is till limiting its seating, thankfully.

But thanks for the score clips. Great music!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2021 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Maybe it's because of the big Asian influence subject matter, but I keep thinking (hoping?) that this film score will get a physical CD release in Japan.
They saved the day on FROZEN II, amongst others.
I'll keep checking Ark Square in the coming months.

 
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