With Thanksgiving this week, we moved our Film Score Friday to Wednesday. Because it’s finally feeling like football weather, we’re watching “Remember the Titans.” (This movie is always a favorite of ours, mostly because we are fans of the Tennessee Titans!)
This is Boaz Yakin’s only big hit as director. Composer Trevor Rabin has a great resume that includes National Treasure, Con Air, Armageddon, Gone in 60 Seconds…. He works a lot on Jerry Bruckheimer’s films. I can tell by the film’s score and a main actor’s pensive turn towards the camera that it’s a Bruckheimer movie. (Will Patton, I’m looking at you!)
This is an interesting movie when it comes to the film’s score. The soundtrack consists of popular R&B songs from the movie’s setting of summer and fall of 1971. The only instrumental track is “Titans Spirit”, which is 7 minutes long. So many sportscasts, including the Olympics, use this track. It’s not on iTunes or Spotify, but here it is on YouTube….
Personally, I am a sucker for emotional sports movies. Occasionally, I’m a sucker for Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movies. And I’m always a fan of epic film scores. “Remember the Titans” meets all the requirements!
Honestly, this is the type of movie I find predictable. The subject of racial discrimination seems a little watered-down. In fact, the focus is mostly on this diverse team learning to work together. It’s fine, though. It’s Disney. I get it. Give me all the clichés and cheesiness. In the end, it makes for great motivation clips on the big screens at sporting events!