When composers get the romantic moments right
I've been watching some pretty mediocre movies on cable recently, and it hit me how a lot of composers, when required to score romantic on-screen moments, totally hit the sap reserve. Ugh! The end result is this generic "canned" feeling, and it evokes no emotional response from the audience whatsoever (at least from me it doesn't). You know you're supposed to have a fuzzy warm feeling, but instead you feel like puking.
So, can anyone think of composers that got it right? Here's one to start: Meet Joe Black (Thomas Newman), specifically the track "Whisper of a Thrill." MAN. It's the track they play during Pitt's & Forlani's love scene, and they play a variation of it at the end. That is some really excellent music. Newman must've been in just the right mood when he wrote it, you can tell it's not just formulaic notes on paper, it's got soul in it.
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