Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Score Sample: Avatar - The Last Airbender

Well, I posted my review for the M. Night Shyamalan film, The Village and I had to mention the wonderful score by James Newton Howard. That reminded me that Shyamalan and JNH have been working together since The Sixth Sense back in 1999. Shyamalan's films bring out some of the best work from this composer, and nearly all their collaborations are worth seeking out and enjoying. 

Avatar - The Last Airbender is considered one of Shyamalan's biggest flops. It was a big budget fantasy adventure that didn't grab many viewers (and enraged fans of the animated series that the film was based on). But no one complained about the amazing adventure score that JNH crafted. It's got big themes, amazing action music, powerful moments of musical wonder. It's easily one of his most exciting and accessible works. So here is his climactic cue from the final battle sequence of the film entitled Flow Like Water

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