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The Last Legion (Soundtrack) by Patrick Doyle

The Last Legion
Composed by Patrick Doyle
Varese Sarabande (2007)

Rating: 7/10

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A score with any significant depth would be overkill for a film like this, so Doyle actually does an appropriate job here. It isn't as engaging as ERAGON, but THE LAST LEGION soundtrack is another solid Doyle project worthy of your time.

The Sword and the Score
Review by Christopher Coleman

Just like a young, untested foot sliding into a newly-crafted, roman sandal, THE LAST LEGION slid into (and quickly out of) movie theaters - quietly and without any fanfare. THE LAST LEGION was, quite simply, yet another Dino De Laurentis disaster of a movie. The poorly written, oddly-cast flick was shot in 2005 but only made its way for a state-side release in 2007. The film failed on almost every front; however, there was again, a little glimmer of hope as composer Patrick Doyle's name became attached to the film. As it turns out, just like last year's ERAGON, Patrick Doyle's contribution ends up making the most lasting mark.

Even though THE LAST LEGION makes no apology for its LORD OF THE RINGS visual rips, Patrick Doyle keeps his score from such larceny...for the most part. Doyle helps to keep the film mildly engaging with his vibrant orchestral score. Centering around a triumphant main theme, the music contains all the ingredients that we would anticipate for such a film: bold choruses, strong percussion, royal brass. It's all in there for better or worse.  Along with these main staples also come a couple of minor surprises, which might raise an eyebrow or two.

Of course, some of the genre cliches make there way into score as well. It seems nearly impossible for a composer to stay away from Holst when it comes to any sort of sword and sandal flick...and we do hear hints of that in THE LAST LEGION - particularly in the battle sequences like "Goths Seize Rome" (3) and "The Battle of Hadrian's Wall" (13). Patrick Doyle does put his unique stamp on a few particularly entertaining tracks. The first 3/4 of "Escape from Capri" (6) is a bright and lively action piece which follows the beats of the film with strong accents followed by a few beats of silence. "Sword Play Romance" (11) is different from any other track on this release. Doyle keeps it delightfully playful as the piece is played predominantly by strings at an allegretto tempo. It's pity that it is so short-lived at only 1:12.

This Varese Sarabande release is an adequate 51 minutes long and sequenced fairly well. In the film, Doyle hits all the proper beats, but also delivers a strong enough thematic backbone for his score to make the soundtrack listenable straight through. All that said, there won't be a lot of deep musical dissection or analysis of technique on this Doyle-project. A score with any significant depth would be overkill for a film like this, so Doyle actually does an appropriate job here. It isn't as engaging as ERAGON, but THE LAST LEGION soundtrack is another solid effort worthy of your time.   If you are in need of another action/adventure fix, then you could do worse than THE LAST LEGION; however, if you just want a good Doyle-fix, then I'd recommend AS YOU LIKE IT be your first stop.
 

Rating: 7/10

 

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Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 Sacred Pentangle 2:56  ***
2 Coronation 2:16  ****
3 Goths Seize Rome 4:13  ****
4 Wrong Answer 2:07  ***
5 Secret Sword 5:53  ***
6 Escape from Capri 3:23  ****
7 Nestor's Betrayal 3:15  ***
8 Journey to Britannia 2:29  ***
9 Hadrian's Wall 2:15  ****
10 Excalibur 1:51  ***
11 Sword Play Romance 1:12  ****
12 Who Killed Them? 3:13  ***
13 The Battle of Hadrian's Wall 6:17  ***
14 Death of Vortgyn 4:18  ****
15 No More War 5:41  ***
  Total Running Time (approx) 51 minutes  

 

 
   

 

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