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4.0 out of 5 stars Like They Used To Write 'Em, April 29, 2011
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They may not write movie scores like they used to, but James Newton Howard comes pretty darn close, with his excellent score to WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. The music here is wistful and yearning, exciting and poignant. With its clarinet solos, it is reminiscent of moments in Bernstein's masterpiece, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. This is a very satisfying and evocative score, but I DO have one quibble: Where's the memorable love theme? Come on! This is a big romantic story and could easily support a love song a la "Lara's Theme," or "Three Coins in the Fountain." I know, I'm hopelessly old fashioned, and this is a great score, song or no song. Just can't help but wish . . .
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Initial post: Apr 30, 2011 1:34:05 PM PDT
I completely agree with you. I thought the same thing. The music representing Rosie and the circus is lovely and magical, but there wasn't really a "romantic" theme for Jacob and Marlena.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2011 11:14:59 AM PDT
Nice to hear from a fellow fan of the classic days of movie music. Can you imagine what Franz Waxman or Elmer Bernstein or Jerry Goldsmith would have done with such a rich opportunity? There is some great stuff in Howard's score, but as with so many contemporary composers, I keep wating for a "cutting loose" that never comes. From what I read, the fault lies with the directors and the producers, who seem reluctant to let the musical score have its say. More's the pity. Thanks for your feedback.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2011 1:32:51 PM PDT
For me, the score is so important in creating the mood for a movie. It helps tell the story.

I also was kind of disappointed in the lack of 30's music on the soundtrack. A shame they couldn't have had Louis singing I'm Confessin That I Love You on there, or Ruth Etting singing Don't Tell Him What Happened To Me, instead of instrumental versions. And why not give us the whole version of Button Up Your Overcoat? The only full length 30's song (aside from Stomp Time Blues) on there is I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl, which I did not care for. Of all the great 20's/30's music out there, that's what they give us?
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