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The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn by John Williams (Review)

posted Nov 5, 2011, 12:38 AM by Koray Savas

The Adventures Of Tintin is not only John Williams' first film score in three years, it is also his first score for an animated feature. The wait has been long and arduous, and the prospect of Williams scoring for a medium completely new to him is exciting. It is therefore unfortunate that Tintin is one of his most uninteresting scores over the past decade.

Williams retreads everything that he's done before, bringing nothing new to the table. The score's jazz elements were better utilized in Catch Me If You Can, and the autopilot action music harkens back his wonderful score for Home Alone. The score is quite dense and hard to get into, with very little melodic ideas to draw you in to the world Steven Spielberg created. Upon first listening, I found that not a single cue grabbed me, and that "The Adventure Continues" was a let down in what should have been a thunderous reprise of a great main theme as the credits rolled. At first disappointed, I gave the music another chance, and then another. It slowly caught on and I began to grow on the little theme that was there. "Sir Francis And The Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Curse And The Treasure" are worthy of the name John Williams, but the rest of the score falls flat. Not to mention the jarring and awful inclusion of sound effects in "Presenting Bianca Castafiore."

A mediocre effort by Williams, but one that should definitely not be overlooked. John Powell and other composers continue to do greater things with animated features, but I look forward to what could musically become of a sequel. The Adventures Of Tintin is out now in Europe and can be imported through Amazon's foreign sites. The CD will be available in the U.S. on December 13, through Sony Masterworks.