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 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Waht do you consider to be the most overrated film score of all time?

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

I can never really answer this question since overrated is such a badly misused term. It should be a fairly objective critical evaluation, but it seems to have come to mean a score that others, usually a large number, hold in high esteem, but you personally don't. The reasons for that may be personal and subjective such as musical preferences along the line of liking or disliking a particular composer's music, failing to get a style of music or preferring a style such as tonal versus atonal, orchestral versus electronic, etc. I guess what I'm getting at is that the term "overrated" has become, well...overrated! wink

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

"Chariots of Fire" and "Midnight Express".

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Maestro   (Member)

Rocky.

I really like some of the more lush, piano driven material from Conti, as well as the brass driven Classical stuff, but outside of that I cannot stand the contemporary Disco influences in the first three Rocky scores.

I'm saying it right now, I think "Gonna Fly Now" is corny, cheesy and poorly dated.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

CRIMINAL LAW wink

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

agreed on "Chariots of Fire". wanted to add "Goblet of Fire" but don't feel like pissing off folks

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   On the Score   (Member)

Social Network

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

Social Network

This.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   mrchriswell   (Member)

"Chariots of Fire" and "Midnight Express".

These were overrated until they won Oscars, setting off decades of backlash. I'd argue that both scores are, if anything, undervalued today if one gives straightfoward and objective consideration of their respective merits.

I'm wary of discussions of overrated/underrated. Overrated frequently means you're just tired of hearing about how "great" something is. I'm sure somebody out there thinks "The Mission" is overrated. He might even poseess ears. But I wager it's the kind of contempt brought on by familiarity, rather than a genuine critical assessment.

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   indy4   (Member)

BATMAN. I love Elfman, but this score is just boring.

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

Any number of titles by Horner or Elfman, without a doubt.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

I'd have to say the Lord of the Rings scores.

I love big, epic film music (particularly in the fantasy genre) but I've always found Shore's LOTR music dispassionate and bland.

But what makes them truly overrated is the "sacred cow" status in which they are held by many people. I've seen people behave like affronted religious zealots when I admitted I didn't think Shore's scores were that great.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Inception - never understand why some people think that it's "THE BEST SCORE ever written"

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   reecardov   (Member)

Titanic.... Jurassic Park...

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Not keen on threads that promote the negative ...

Everything named will probably upset someone. Well, except The Social Network. Probably.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

I'd have to say the Lord of the Rings scores.

I think there are some terrific pieces in there. It ain't Poledouris, but there are a handful of memorable themes that are cleverly exploited, and some strong, rousing action cues.

But when you listen to those scores in their complete form, a lot of it is musical wallpaper - somber, brooding cues that definitely create a mood and support the film, but don't really work as standalone music.

At the risk of sounding like Thor, the LOTR scores fare much better in an edited presentation.

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Ratatouille   (Member)

Anything done by Vangelis or Giorgio Moroder !

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   Ratatouille   (Member)

I'd have to say the Lord of the Rings scores.

I think there are some terrific pieces in there. It ain't Poledouris, but there are a handful of memorable themes that are cleverly exploited, and some strong, rousing action cues.

But when you listen to those scores in their complete form, a lot of it is musical wallpaper - somber, brooding cues that definitely create a mood and support the film, but don't really work as standalone music.

At the risk of sounding like Thor, the LOTR scores fare much better in an edited presentation.


For me the best composer for the Lord of the ring trilogy was Wojciech Kilar...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
CHARIOTS OF FIRE

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2011 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   Redokt64   (Member)

MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

GANDHI

SOPHIE'S CHOICE

SOCIAL NETWORK

A four way tie...

 
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