Saturday, December 08, 2007

Blades of Glory (Soundtrack) by Theodore Shapiro

Blades of Glory (Soundtrack) by Theodore Shapiro
Not Exactly Glorious…But Fun Nonetheless
Review by Cap Stewart

In the realm of sports, the phrase “Blades of Glory” might conjure up images of amazing feats and astounding accomplishments. The last thing that would naturally come to mind (before the release of this movie, anyway) would be Will Ferrell and John Heder, let alone as men in tights…on ice…in skates. Of course, that’s kind of the point. Comedy springs from the unexpected, and the plot of BLADES OF GLORY is no exception.
Not exactly unexpected was the selection of THEODORE SHAPIRO to provide the score. No stranger to comedy, Shapiro had previously written the music to STARSKY & HUTCH, DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY, and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (just to name a few). The composer has stated that he prefers not forcing comedic elements into a film, but rather to play seriously and let the comedy come out of the story. This tendency is evident in BLADES OF GLORY. The musical devices and genres Shapiro uses are rather varied, but the most prominently used is the heroic sports music, and this music ends up being the score’s saving grace.

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