Prince Jack Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Prince Jack by Elmer Bernstein.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 85.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 4.48
Album Excellence: 37%
Prince Jack is a 1985 drama film directed by Bert Lovitt and starring Robert J. Hogan, James F. Kelly and Lloyd Nolan. This movie dramatises some of the inner workings of the Kennedy administration. Prince Jack covers the period from the Democratic National Convention in July 1960 to the autumn of 1963, just prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The score is composed by Elmer Bernstein.
Now I consider myself a massive fan of the 80s, but even I have not heard of this film. I do know Elmer Bernstein though and he had a great comedy stint in the 80s. This is a drama, but I hope that this turn out to be a short but enjoyable score. The short score doesn’t have cue titles, and the score doesn’t sound well. Lots of hiss in the quieter parts which is a shame. ‘Cue One (Main Title)’ is a good one musically though. Quite heroic I have to say, one might say it’s perfect for the presidency and since this is another story of the Kennedy’s I say it fits perfectly, at least for the firs 90 seconds or so and just after 2 minutes. In the middle there is a more dramatic part, not heroic at all, but more of a mood builder. Interesting and good cue. The ending is superb with a dark synth underscore and horns on top. ‘Cue Two’ sounds a lot more 80s, but maybe that’s because of the synths. I love 80s music though and this sounds pretty great for the first 34 seconds until those jarring dark horns come in. That ruins the mood a little for me. ‘Cue Three’ is quite dark in comparison with what I’ve heard so far. There’s a ghostly woodwind sound 30 seconds in and I immediately thought of Ghostbusters, and I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t help it. It’s a brilliant Bernstein score anyway.
Yeah, this has taken a very dark turn indeed. ‘Cue Four’ is very doom and gloom. The music is quiet though, there’s not a hint of action here, but I would go as far as say it is definitely in thriller suspense mode. The trumpet is the only reminder from the earlier cues. ‘Cue Five’ is highly dramatic and even more thriller-ish than ‘Cue Four’ as it goes into an even darker version of itself. How dark can it go? Now I’m starting to feel a bit depressed. It all ends with ‘Cue Six’ though as far as darkness goes because the ending cue ‘Cue Seven’ is light and fluffy. It is not reverting back to the heroics of the main title, but instead gives us a light motif using the ghostly woodwind sound. This was certainly an interesting score, one that I had missed from Elmer Bernstein’s 80s range It’s not great, but I never got bored and I enjoyed the whole score going from heroics, to darkness and finally to light.
1. Cue One (Main Title)
7. Cue Seven