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Patrick Doyle
Composer, Hamlet (1996)
If Branagh reveres Shakespeare's words so much, why doesn't he trust theme more? Why, specifically, won't he allow us to hear them? Patrick Doyle has never been the subtlest of film composers, but his score here is worse than intrusive. Whenever Branagh seems to be losing faith in a scene - usually about half way through - this clunking great orchestra appears from nowhwere, crashing across the rhythms of the verse, drowning out the performers, imposing its own emotional vocabulary, a million miles away from Shakespeare's.
(Jonathan Coe, New Statesman)
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