Finalement, mon nouveau acompte a ma serie de marque deposee!
Pardon my french (literally), but a score is more important than you may think. It can make or break a film's impact on you. If a film's score fails, it does a heavy amount of damage to the film's credibility. The greatest of films all have beautiful music to accompany them. Could you remember classics of film such as Citizen Kane, Fargo, Blade Runner, and The Dark Knight (it's official-get used to it) with out their expertly executed melodies? but what of films that fail? What of films with serious flaws, ones that fall into obscurity or over time develop hatred or disappointment in the minds of many? Today, I shall give my personal list of the top 5 not-so-great films with great scores:
#5: Batman Forever
Despite having mostly the same score, this list is for films that are seen as mediocre, not abortions like Batman and Robin. Batman Forever had several problems (campy Two-Face, Chris O' Donnell, growing signs of fetish, etc.), but if there was one person who could save it that wasn't named Jim Carrey, then it was Elliot Goldenthal. His new bat-score aroused excitement and energy when the film made you want to pull up the covers... at least until Jim Carrey got back onto the screen.
#4: Mars Attacks!
While I personally liked this film, along with its cult following, it still has a fair share of problems. While the gags were hit-and-miss and the acting was a mixed bag, Danny Elfman's collaboration with Tim Burton once again proves fruitful. The score matched the film in terms of 50's throwback and all-around oddity.
#3: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
4 words: Duel of the Fates.
Ang Lee's film played out more like an experiment (which it essentially was) when we wanted a straight action film. The film suffered from trying to be too many things at once (comic book movie, action movie, family drama, romance, art film), and it simply couldn't succeed at being any of them. But Danny Elfman's score shines like a ray of light from heaven. Ang Lee pushed Elfman to make the score sound "less like Danny Elfman" and it pays off in a great way. This is a standout Elfman score, in my opinion.
#1: Alien 3
And here we are, at the epitome of a mediocre film with a great score. Where the film is the downfall of a once-great film franchise, the score is the artful, frightening creation that the film failed to be due to its troubled production and studio interference. Elliot Goldenthal's work on this film is widely considered to be his best, and he himself cites it as one of his standout tracks. Don't believe me? Look up the film's soundtrack on Wikipedia for some samples of his score. Seriously, do it. Right now.
Have you done it yet?
See, wasn't that fantastic?
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