Friday, March 28, 2008

The Spiderwick Chronicles (Soundtrack) by James Horner

The Spiderwick Chronicles (Soundtrack) by James Horner
The Chronicles of Hornia
Review by Christopher Coleman

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES is yet another children's fantasy book turned into a Hollywood feature film. The year of 2008 is going to be filled to the brim with them including: NIM'S ISLAND, INKHEART, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, and HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. The one thing Horner's project has going for it is that it has the jump on all of these others - giving THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES a good opportunity of at least sounding fresh. The 2008 film is based on a book series by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. Surprisingly, THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES is one of the better adaptations of the genre (Harry Potter fans would likely disagree). Director Mark Waters was somehow able to bring something fresh to the table. The film has several layers of value. For the children there are the goblins, fairies, spells and magic talismans, but for the adults there is the story about the difficult adjustments a family going through a divorce must suffer to make. There's much more to THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES than the trailers would lead you to believe. Establishing his prowess at this years ago, one composer who can dance that line of fairy-story and adult drama is none other than JAMES HORNER.

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