22
Jul
10

Best Score – Mohicans’ Last Stand

Purpose of Best Score.

Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Wes Studi, Johdi May, Russel Means, Madelaine Stowe, Steven Waddington

Screenplay: Michael Mann, John L. Balderston, and Phillip Dunne

Director: Michael Mann

Music: Last of the Mohicans Theme by Trevor Jones

Easily the centerpiece of this film by Michael Mann, whose films are universally characterized by cool and effective use of music, whether original or scored specifically for the film. The original score of this scene made it easier to weave into the production (and thus not quite as impressive of an achievement) but the sheer power and intensity of it pushes it to a higher rating.   Mann achieves a heightening effect with the song without over-dramatizing the scene. The music adds a fluidity and emotional resonance to what might have been a confusingly brutal series of events. It provides the climax of a film marked by harrowing combat scenes throughout.

Easily the centerpiece of this film by Michael Mann, another master at this type of effect.  The original score of this scene causes it to lose points but the sheer power and intensity of it pushes it to a higher rating.  Again, Mann achieves a heightening effect with the song without over-dramatizing the scene.  The music adds a fluidity and emotional resonance to what might have been a confusingly brutal series of events.  It provides the climax of a film marked by harrowing combat scenes throughout.
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