I was listening today "Finding Neverland" soundtrack and I am so disappointed... Jan Kaczmarek´s soundtrack does not match by any means John Williams "Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban"!!! I don´t mean it is a bad soundtrack, but there is simply no comparison between the complexity and beauty of the two works!
I don´t know, but listening to "Harry Potter" is a complete experience, each track is so detailed and colored that the music tells the entire story. Pick "The Nightbus" and "Buckbeaks Flight" as an example. They are so different, they tell different stories, yet they fit perfectly in the same sound track. There is no obvious repetition of instruments and ideas in "Harry Potter", but "Finding Neverland" is all about repetition!! To begin with, half of the tracks are in the same tone, with basic variations over the same theme. The track 06 is a never-ending piano impromptu over absolutely no musical content! For me, this track sounds even a bit offensive to my ears, because my main instrument is piano and I know how to recognize a fake when I hear one. Basic harmonies. Basic arrangements. Repetiton until death. Is that how a oscar winner soundtrack should sound like???
I heard "The Passion of the Christ" and "The Village" as well as "Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Askaban" and "Lemony Snickets", and think that any of them deserved to have won instead of "Finding Neverland".
It´s enough... I fell like I am kicking a dead dog!