Homeward Bound II Lost In San Francisco Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Homeward Bound II Lost In San Francisco by Bruce Broughton.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 85.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 24.3
Album Excellence: 35.3%
Homeward Bound II: Lost In San Francisco is a 1996 American family comedy film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Michael J. Fox, Sally Field & Ralph Waite. It is the sequel to the 1993 film Homeward Bound: Incredible Journey. The Seaver family arrives at San Francisco International Airport to catch a flight to Canada. They check in their pets: Chance (Michael J. Fox), an American bulldog; Shadow (Ralph Waite), a golden retriever; and Sassy (Sally Field), a nervous cat. But the confused pets burst out of their carriers and escape to the city. There they fall in with a group of strays and struggle to avoid an overzealous dogcatcher. But when the trio tire of vagrancy, they set out to find their beloved owners. The score is composed by Bruce Broughton.
Intrada Records recently released the first score in expanded form and now does it with it’s sequel. I review the first film score and it was quite good if I remember correctly. The score opens with ‘This Is Home, Main Title’ and this might come as a shock, but it’s quite similar to Homeward Bound: Incredible Journey. It’s light to the touch and it’s slightly comedic as well. Truthfully I think that I wasn’t excepting anything else either. This is nice though is what I’m saying. It’s nothing more than nice, but it’s nice and it’s a start to hopefully some great music in the coming cues. That’s usually the case with this franchise. See even if the motifs aren’t amazing, I love listening to the complexities of this score. Broughton has always brought his A-game to orchestral adventure scores and it’s so much fun to listen to.
Is fun enough though? Personally I wouldn’t mind a more tight theme development than these scores have provided me. These scores are very “free”, and the only main theme here seems to be an adaptation of a traditional song. By free I mean that the score is just flowing in any direction. The music is very much alive and that’s where the fun part comes in. It’s fun to hear the score completely change shape and form within seconds and it just keep shifting and changing, never settling for something. That might work for you. It did for me, but I still feel it would benefit of being tighter in form and structure. I’m a fan of “free” though and I say let the music go where it goes but it’s a bit too much here, even more so than the previous film. It’s not a must-have score, but if you have the first one and liked it, you will find this one enjoyable as well.
5. To The Airport
13. In The Park
14. Thinking Of Chance
18. Hopes & Regrets
21. Thing Of Beauty
22. Over The Bridge
23. One Last Look / Reunion II
24. Delilah Returns / Delilah Stays
25. End Credits