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THERE COMES A TIME ...
on 4 February 2018
... in everyone's life when one has to acknowledge talent, class and style in others' work - and this is undoubtedly one of those occasions.
I nearly did not go to see the film on the basis of a couple of deeply insulting and scathing 'reviews'. I am astounded that the critics could have got it so phenomenally wrong ! One need only look on IMDB to see how they spectacularly failed to understand what the majority of the British public desire in a feel-good movie ! (For anyone unfamiliar with IMDB, it is my considered opinion - formed over many years - that any film that has received more than 1000 ratings and been given an overall score in excess of 6/10 is worth watching. Of course this is a very general guide and depends in no small measure upon one's individual preferences.)
The original music in this film is, without the lightest shadow of a doubt, the finest I have EVER heard in a cinematic work. They possess a power and a beauty that invariably have me weeping copious tears - and that, I assure you, is a rarity as I've been around a bit and am quite a hardened beast in many ways. Of course, as with all music, there is 'nothing new under the sun' and certain elements of ALL melodies will have been heard before (in some sort of similar combination) but it is often that familiarity which appeals to us !
And it is not as if it is merely one or two of the songs - EVERY SINGLE ONE of them is a chef-d'œuvre. I exaggerate not. You don't have to be a musician to appreciate the brilliance of the musical scores but if you happen to be then I am sure you will agree with me that all the parts - and the beautiful vocal harmonies - have a sensitivity, intelligence, magnificence and splendour about them; listen carefully to what is going on in the background (if that's your thing) and you will most certainly want to 'doff your cap' to the masterful composers !
Also, if you take the time to read the words for the songs (that are included with the CD) you will, I hope, realise how much work has gone into them and also how relevant they are to (almost) every person alive. There are some very subtle and telling changes made as certain songs progress and that increases their impact: the more you listen (and read), the more you will appreciate them ! Pure poetry.
In fact, the only problem I have is that the songs go round and round in my head all day long ! It doesn't matter what I'm doing - washing up or making love or anything - I simply cannot shake them. In particular, from the moment I open my eyes, I have the refrain from "Never Enough" filling my 'blank thought space' and it's driving me crazy ! (Although I find that the tunes rotate through my brain on a regular basis - "Tightrope" is my current favourite !)
If the music in this film does not receive some kind of award - and preferably more than one - then it will be a disgraceful travesty ...
P.S. Although this is a CD, I must make mention of the superb performances of the actors and actresses in the film: their combined efforts truly make these glorious songs "Come Alive" ... x