Men Of Honor Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Men Of Honor by Mark Isham.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 85
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 14.8
Album Excellence: 49.5%
Men Of Honor is a 2000 American drama film directed by George Tillman, Jr. and starring Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Charlize Theron. the film is inspired by the trues story or Master chief petty officer Carl Brashear, the first African American master diver in the United States Navy. Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an ambitious sharecropper who joins the U.S. Navy to become the world’s first black master diver. But as he works through diving training, the bitter and racist Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) sets out to make Carl’s journey as difficult as possible. Despite the entire Navy doubting his potential and sabotaging his training, the determined Carl proves that he can overcome the discrimination around him. The score is composed by Mark Isham.
I remember this movie and I remember that I liked it. I’m a sucker for these underdog becomes hero movies. I was rotting for Cuba and I don’t think I’m spoiling much if I say that I was satisfied in the end. I don’t remember the music though, but it’s been a while since I saw it. Hope it’s inspirational as well. The score opens with ‘The Navy Diver’ and it is very predictable but really good. The music screams honor to me, and that’s partly what this movie is about. The proud navy and so on. Yeah this music is great for that purpose and it works great on album. The next cue ‘A Son Never Forgets’ is pretty much the same, honorable and bright.
It is when it gets dramatic this score fails me a bit, like ‘Bounce Dive’ and ‘Fouled!’. It’s decent, but it’s not dynamic enough, it’s not fun enough for me. The action is stale, like it’s trying too much with multiple horn blasts, but that’s never going to work if the foundation isn’t there. Isham to be fair, has never been the go-to guy for action. His brilliant for drama though and that’s where he really excels. He can craft a great theme too when it comes to it, but the action cues are definitely skippable. There’s a sweet love theme as well, ‘Glen’, not the best of love themes that I’ve heard, but it’s good enough. Isham is best in this score when it comes to honor and that’s what the movie is all about. The final cue ‘Men Of Honor’ is playing on exactly that. You know what to expect, trumpet and military percussion. If that’s your thing, this and the two first cues should be on your playlists. It was for me. The score is good, but the action material is sticking out like a sore thumb. Shame, but the honor material and love theme was very good.
4. A Navy Diver
5. A Son Never Forgets
11. Men Of Honor