The score hides dense and dark motifs. The film stars Bailee Madison as the titular teenage mystery writer who faces a real life haunting on a vacation. I must admit I got more from this score than I was expecting and even if I am not in the demographic for this movie, the standalone listening experience of the score was rewarding and very enjoyable. I can relate to the characters and I can feel part of the story; I am also enjoying the varied and spectacular orchestral music. When Annabelle brings up their boss at the end it had made so little of an impact earlier in the story that I had forgotten and had to rewatch a section to make sure they did in fact set that up. Serafini would have done well to remember the old cheap horror movie adage that the less you see, and the more that's suggested than shown, the better. As far as adventure, it delivers more or less a much better result here, but it seemed like every time a clue was found, the investigation had to be arbitrarily halted.
Despite its flaws, it's sort of refreshing in that way. It wants to be a spooky mystery with a twist, it wants to be a rollicking adventure in the vein of Goonies or Indiana Jones, and it wants to be a comedy. Mavrick Moreno's character is probably the most compelling especially given his purpose in the story yet given the least to do. One scene in particular stood out - they find a hidden passageway in a house and then our heroine declares it's too late to keep searching, killing the momentum built up. The score is composed by David James Nielsen. Those kind of cues are the definite highlights for me. David James Nielsen's Tales from Beyond, Haunting Villisca, score for Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket is like a beautiful blast from the past.
David James Nielsen brings all these elements to his music and makes it a rewarding story in itself even without the support of the images. The fantasy music continues but with a darker, more mysterious tone in the next cues as the ghost story starts to develop. While spending some time on the historic Nantucket Island, Annabelle and her friends must outwit two scheming thieves to solve the secret behind a legendary ghost story. The album contains 26 tracks 1 hr, 18 min, 52 sec and the movie's main theme is subtly woven throughout the score. At a glance: Geek Score: 86. .
It has no agenda except to entertain, and that's refreshing. This happened a couple times, and effectively ruined the pacing for a scene or two. I don't know if this made enough money or has enough fans to justify a continued franchise but taken on its own, it's a solid family adventure film. It's a sweet piece of music, but it's not over used to the point where it becomes obvious. The mystery music is enjoyable with the trembling strings that work very well and the choral mist that makes me think of haunted houses. While spending some time on the historic Nantucket Island, Annabelle and her friends must outwit two scheming thieves to solve the secret behind a legendary ghost story.
But despite all these quibbles, I really quite liked it. The surprising part is because of the nature of the movie. But where this movie sort of struggles is an awkward script with tone issues. Annabelle Finale And End Credits 26. The antagonists are barely defined and I struggled to figure out what their point was and why they were even there.
Vacationing on historic Nantucket Island, a teenage mystery writer and her friends must outwit two scheming thieves to solve the secret behind a legendary ghost story. Co-written and directed by Paul Serafini, the film stars Bailee Madison as the titular teenage mystery writer who faces a real life haunting on a vacation. I found it while researching a variety of modern family adventure films. I would say that the score has surprised me in a positive way. The acting and direction are serviceable and professional for its budget, and of course unconventional locations like Nantucket always help indie films stand out. To my ears it reminded me of some of the wonderful teenage adventure movies of the '80s. Overall this is a gorgeous little score that takes me back to when James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith were at the height of their careers.
Nielsen is certainly a composer who is worth watching out for in the future. It sort of the delivers on the mystery level, and director Paul Serafini actually handles a couple tense paranormal moments well. There's a set up for a sequel. Maybe Nielsen should be exploring the world of horror because that was quite terrifying. Lastly on the comedy element, the actors playing the antagonists are clearly having the most fun as they get to ham it up.
What an interesting little film. The score was written by David James Nielsen. . . .
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