Hirokazu Koreeda, Maborosi, 1995.
A brief film music sort-of rant that I discussed with someone yesterday…
I want to reiterate that I thought that the Captain America: The Winter Soldier score by Henry Jackman was awful. This final track from the OST encapsulates all you need to know about 90% of the score (I’m looking for the cue entitled “The Smithsonian”… but it’s not on YT).
Where was anything like this for the entire film? Hell, just listen to all of Alan Silvestri’s score to the original Captain America and just listen to those orchestrations compared to the electronic monstrosity that is Jackman’s score. I know we’re supposed to be living in an electronic age, but does the almost-complete abandonment of orchestral scoring in mainstream blockbusters have to happen?
I could go more in depth but I don’t have the energy or time to do that right now (nor do I think a lot of you guys want to read something with a bunch of music theory and film score jargon).
TL;DR: The score to the second Captain America movie was godawful compared to the first one. Films with an electronic score that have no reason not to have any orchestral elements are ugly things. Unpopular opinion but that is my opinion.
We take a reprieve from the “20 years of TCM” tag to give you yet another glimpse of what I’m like as a person in this weekly depository of personal thoughts that is probably best reserved for those who know me irl.
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The Red Shoes (1948) Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Wild Strawberries (dir. Ingmar Bergman — 1957)