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The Amazing Spider-Man (Music from the Motion Picture)

James Horner

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Album Review

Director Marc Webb tapped Oscar-winning composer James Horner for his 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, and while Horner's take on the beloved Marvel web-slinger may lack the pulsating gravitas that drove Danny Elfman's work on the 2002, Sam Raimi-directed version, it still manages to evoke many of the same feelings. Instead of focusing on the films' myriad action set pieces, Horner spends the majority of the score building off of the films' more human elements. Measured, quietly grand, and at times a little old-fashioned, What The Amazing Spider-Man lacks in audaciousness, it more than makes up for in heart.

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Nice to hear an old fashioned score

James Horner is well known for repeating himself and re-using other composers work and in general being quite controversial… Take the often discussed danger motif, in which he folds a four note motif in on it's self of foreboding french horns. This cue alone is taken from Sergei Prokoviev's Alexander Nevsky, and if anyone wants to hear large parts of his early works all you have to do is go to the Battle In The Snow cue..

However that aside Horner has an impressive resume and one that quite easily allows him to do this score… The good news is for those that have felt a little unimpressed with him lately is that this is a cracker!!
He has taken the theme from a smaller idea featured in The Karate Kid (Another good recent edition) and shaped it into a pretty catchy theme. He also uses some of the electronic ideas from Elfman's earlier scores during some heart pounding action cues which keeps a sense of past and a really beautiful love theme then moulds it together to give us a good symphonic work should prove memorable for an already great yet arguably misunderstood composer.

If you like old fashioned thematic scores then this is for you… And in a summer with only so far one great orchestral score from Alan Silvestri for The Avengers. I sense, at least I hope, a turning point more towards theme and less towards mood and samples.

Indomitable James Horner!!!!

Finally a masterful score worthy of Spider-Man!!! And who else but James Horner... Only James Horner could do a score like this.. Only John Williams could come close. Elfmans score was only ever ok but Horners themes strike at the heart far deeper.

Awful!

James Horner has yet again dug into his back catalogue of stolen themes and rehashed them. The themes didn't fit the scenes in the movie at all, and had me laughing at points. Not a good fit

Biography

Born: 14 August 1953 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Famed for his lush, sweeping scores for films including Braveheart, Apollo 13, and Titanic, the prolific composer James Horner was born in Los Angeles on August 14, 1953. Educated at London's Royal College of Music as well as local universities USC and UCLA, he landed his first motion picture assignments during the 1970s, scoring B-movies like The Lady in Red, Humanoids of the Deep, and Battle Beyond the Stars for producer Roger Corman's New World organization. By 1982, Horner had moved on to major...
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