Yo ho! Yo ho! A pirate's life for me!

by Suw on August 25, 2003

What is it about big, swooping orchestral scores, with rip-roaring rabble-rousing anthems that makes me want to swish my fingers around in the air as if I were some sort of demented John Barry?

Klaus Badelt's score for Pirates of the Caribbean is as marvellous as the film. Particularly The Black Pearl, a track with that amazingly addictive motif that's all swaggering Cap'n Jack Sparrow swashing his buckle against young Will Turner. It punctuates one of my favourite scenes, the stunningly choreographed smithy swordfight. (I think. The soundtrack appears to be only 43 mins long, so it's hard to marry with the film without having the film to hand.) I love the way that their moves match the score – it's done so well that you almost don't even realise because the action and the score fit together so perfectly it's utterly seemless.

You know, people keep comparing Pirates to The Princess Bride, particularly the swordplay. I saw The Princess Bride for the first time a couple of weeks ago, when I was down in Arundel with Kate. I really can't say that I understand what all the fuss is about. Ok, so I know it was an 80s film, and that maybe if you saw it when it first came out you'd have some sort of emotional attachment to it, but although it was perfectly entertaining, and the swordplay was good, I really didn't think it was anything to write home about.

I guess, for a start, it didn't have a score like this. If only there was a way to hum in type.

Give me my kohl, beads for my hair and a tricorn hat immediately!

Cal August 25, 2003 at 10:57 pm

I agree. We saw Pirates of the Caribbean last week and I thought it was great. The music was pretty good too.

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Suw August 25, 2003 at 11:02 pm

Ah, any excuse to rave about Pirates is a good enough excuse for me! Can't wait for the DVD to come out. Imagine… the ability to drool over Messrs Depp and Bloom at will! *swoons* Oh, patience, patience, where art thou?

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