Soundtrack Review: Secondhand Lions

Soundtrack Review: Secondhand Lions

Secondhand Lions Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Secondhand Lions by Patrick Doyle.

At a glance:

26 tracks
46 minutes of score
Geek Score: 90.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 28.38
Album Excellence: 62%
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The third score of Patrick Doyle Month that I will review is the score to the 2003 comedy Secondhand Lions directed by Tim McCanlies starring Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine and Robert Duvall. I haven’t even heard of this movie before, but it sure looks like a lot of fun. There’s comedy and there’s adventure. It could be a score to remember and I am literally blown away by ‘Main Title’. Overblown and top notch old school classic orchestral powerhouse of a theme.

When Doyle is not impressing us with his flying orchestra in cues like ‘Foreign Legion’, he is entertaining us with the sounds of Africa in ‘Secondhand Arrival’. It’s funny but the heroic instrumental moments cues like ‘Hub Meets Jasmine’ and ‘Hub Rescues Jasmine’ reminds me of John Debney’s excellent “Cutthroat Island’. This is music I can love. It feels so alive and brilliant, and it’s infecting me as well. Terrific stuff from Doyle. This is a very fun and adventurous score that plays with African and sometimes Asian inspired music. It isn’t without it’s sweet moments either like ‘Be My Uncle’, ‘Walter Leaves’ and particularly ‘Maybe You Don’t’ and ‘Walter Comes Home’. This just went from a score I hadn’t heard about to one of the better comedy scores of 2003. Well done Mr. Doyle!

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Main Titles
3. The Plunger
6. Foreign Legion
7. Secondhand Arrival
9. Hub Meets Jasmine
10. Hub Rescues Jasmine
13. The Assassins
14. Sheik Swordfight
18. Be My Uncle
21. She Was A Real Lion
22. Walter Leaves
23. Maybe You Don’t
24. Walter Comes Home
25. Nice To Meet You
26. Piano Suite

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Soundtrack Review: Secondhand Lions, 8.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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