An old fashioned, rollicking period adventure score. It's just a pity that
it never quite makes it beyond the level of serviceable and competent.
The 'Main Title' is rousing, full of bluff and bluster, but somewhat derivative
and lacking vitality, although it's still fairly pleasant and this applies to
the score as a whole with cues like the sturdy action antics of 'Jailhouse Ruck'
and the dramatic suspense of 'The Riot Begins' making for agreeable listening.
In other places there is less value to be found with the romantic 'Dartagnan
and Francesca' well below par. But at its best on tracks like the dark, vaguely
John Barryesque 'Prepare Duschamp For Hell', the music does spark occasional
In summary, a lot of blood and thunder but with little real invention or original
thinking. Solid, robust but ultimately also rather forgettable.
Ian Lace adds laconically:-
Superman rides again! Derivative. See what I
say about modern swashbuckling scoring in my review of
Captain Blood on this site this month.