Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo was a good film, just shy of the quality of the Toy Story films. The animation was, as expected, stunning, and the voice talent was very committed. The sense of humor on display here is actually fairly sophisticated; there aren't many bodily function jokes, and those that are there are well-delivered. The movie is filled with in-jokes (the fish Willem Dafoe voices has the same scar as his character in Platoon) and the characters and worlds encountered are unique. There is a visually stunning race through jellyfish that is as engaging as the asteroid field scene in The Empire Strikes Back.

The film has a score by Thomas Newman, which is an interesting change of pace from former Pixar movies, which have been scored by his cousin Randy. As soon as the score opens, one can tell that Thomas Newman isn't about to sacrifice his style for the scale of this project, and it is to the filmmaker's credit that his score is allowed to play out as it does in the film.

It has been commented that Newman tends to shy away from larger scale projects, preferring the intimacy movies like The Shawshank Redemption, Little Women, American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Fried Green Tomatoes and all offer; well, he has finally done an epic score, and it sounds... pretty much like what he might have done for anything else.

Newman is one of those composers that I consider ever-dependable. No matter what the film is about, he will always find a way to suit it to his musical style. He is one of the most consistently engaging composers working today, and Finding Nemo is interesting because he was given a film that one might have expected a different approach from, but once again, he made it work with his style instead of adapting his style to the film.

Immediately after seeing the film I bought the CD (a good listen, although my cursory hearing last night showed some important cues missing) and was not overly surprised to find out that the director, who wrote the liner notes for the CD, was a big Thomas Newman fan. The film show this.

It's good to know there are more of us around...

In other news, I have bought a new binder for my portable CDs (both mp3 CDs and mixes), and am in the process of re-organizing them in a way that makes sense to more people than just myself. I was lugging around two cases, one for rock, the other for film music and mixes. This new case, which is expandable, is a breath of fresh air.

I also have my printer working, and have Adobe Illustrator back, so the formerly blank discs with Sharpie scrawlings are looking much better now.
Tags: cinema, film music, reviews, thomas newman
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