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It's Avatar and nothing less.,
This review is from: Avatar (Audio CD)
I hate to do it, but almost every review here has, in one way or another, referenced the previous James Cameron/James Horner movie, Titanic. Now I was never a fan of the Titanic film despite being interested in the source material. Neither do I doubt that Horner's music suited it brilliantly, but it wasn't a score I would spend time listening to outside of watching the movie.
However, Horner's score for the beautiful world of Pandora is a real treat. After seeing the Avatar movie a couple of days ago, I have longed to return to that world and without a DVD release out yet, what better way than to turn to the haunting and beautiful soundtrack?
I hear hints of Horner's previous work and at time more than a nod to Titanic, but even as I listen to this music now, I'm getting the same spine-tingling feeling I had when immersed within the movie theatre. This is Avatar and nothing else, no doubt. Avatar would have been only half the movie it was without this truly inspiring work to back it up. I have never watched a movie that evoked such an emotional response and the musical score is no different.
Horner has managed to capture the beauty and danger, the gentle and the savage but most of all he has encapsulated the very heart and spirit of the world of Pandora. You can only appreciate the meaning of this statement when you have seen both the sound and pictures working together. Pandora is a spiritual, living, breathing world and this music does this a magnificant justice. I defy you to listen to "The Destruction of Hometree" to hear those death tolling horns near it's conclusion and not feel an incredible feeling of loss and sadness. "Pure spirits of the Forest", "Jake's First Flight" and "The bioluminescence of the Night" capture as much of the awe inspiring wonder and purity that the pictures can. "War" is a simply titled and rather long piece which conveys just what it's title suggests. If you've seen the film, this soundtrack will bring those images back to your mind more vividly than any 3D screen could.
Let's spend less time critisising Horner for his distinctive style and instead thank him for lending that style to help create such a magnificant movie. Let's thanks him for allowing us to take that trip back to Pandora. But most of all we should praise his work which marks him as one of the truly great composers of our time.