Rat Race Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Rat Race by John Powell.
At a glance:
35 minutes of score
Geek Score: 61.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
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Rat Race is a comedy from 2001 directed by Jerry Zucker starring Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart and Whoopi Goldberg. Donald P. Sinclair has placed six separate gold coins in different slot machines in his casino. The lucky six who find these coins discover an opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to own $2 million. Locked up in a locker in New Mexico, these six contestants must now race each other, to be the first to the cash. There are no rules in place and everything that could possibly happen, does. Whilst, behind the scenes, Sinclair’s associates are placing their bets. The score is composed by John Powell and this review is part of Composer Of The Month.
John Powell has rarely done a comedic comedy film in the way he has approached Rat Race. This is a comedy as you come. Call it slapstick, call it mickey mousing, it is what it is. It’s not all there is, but it is a big part. ‘The Chase Begins’ for example contains some brilliant panic music, quite excellent. Same can be said for ‘Flight Cancelled’. The added choir is a nice touch. It is still too comedic in nature, I think it has to do with the choice of instruments. I must admit I really dislike cues like ‘I’ll Take The Stairs’ which is just simple comedy for sake of comedy. There’s a fun spoof on Wagner’s “Flight Of The Valkyries” in ‘Helicopter Dance’, but the rest of the cues is trying too hard to be frantic and fun.
This was way too fast for me. The music. The stress levels increased tenfold. I think it’s trying way too hard to be funny and it has decided that fast and stressful is funny. Yeah, not with me I’m afraid. I’ll give this a pass.