|May 2000 Film Music
||Film Music Editor: Ian
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Comedic scores are often difficult to get enthusiastic about,
as there just isn't the same scope for a composer as when working on genres
such as fantasy and adventure. But even allowing for this, I found David
Hirschfelder's work here rather bland and uninspiring.
The central theme, heard in various incarnations throughout
the score, is introduced in `It's Too Late' and is slightly surprisingly
with its dissonant chord structure. There is also plenty of variety in the
instrumentation and even if there is some overly familiar string work in
the mid-section, I was reasonably optimistic after this solid start. Sadly
though, from here on nothing much else occurs to elicit any positive response.
Many tracks like `Eve and Maddy are Hondas', `Eve and Ogmed' and `Thanksgiving'
offer sentimental piano and strings that I expect will serve adequately in
the film, but really leave a lot to be desired in terms of musical invention.
The real problem is that we've been here so many times before. It's all rather
forgettable and I really can't imagine wanting to come back to this in the
future. Film music by the numbers would be an apt description and it's not
a good sign when the best tracks are the obligatory songs. In this case there
are four, `Georgia on my Mind' sung by Steve Tyrell and All-4-One, `Once
Upon a Time' performed by Jay McShann, Dean Martin's appealing version of
`Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! and the truly wonderful `Have Yourself
a Merry Little Christmas' with vocals by Judy Garland. This heart-warming
classic (featured in the enchanting 1944 production Meet me in St.
Louis) is almost worth picking up the album for alone. Unfortunately
there is little else to recommend it.
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