UPDATE: 77th Academy Award Best Original Score WINNER
*Pops in Finding Neverland CD into player, blasts volume, sits back, closes eyes and travels to Neverland*
The plucking of strings greets you on "Where is Mr Barrie", then the triangle, followed by louder string sections, the volume builds up, it gets more dramatic, a choir lend their angelic voices, cadences rush forward one after another - all these on the very first track. The music here is happy and uplifting. Even on more melancholy songs, there is always a tinge of optimism. Overall, the theme to Finding Neverland is uplifting, catchy and extremely pleasing to the ears.
If I may say so, this score is symphony magic. The orchestra is so well conducted; and most of all, the composition by Kaczmarek is flawless. The music is mystical, it gives you the feeling fairy tales do - and captures the spirit of the movie. Finding Neverland the score stands perfectly on its own when taken away from the movie.
My personal favourites are "The Kite" and "The Play and the Flight". These convey emotions that completely overwhelm you. [I have felt this twice with music and movie: 1) At the end of Return of the King when Aragorn bows to Frodo and the hobbits and everyone else follows; and 2) At the end of A Beautiful Mind when John Nash makes his speech, and the audience give a standing ovation and Jennifer Connely gets all teary eyed]. If you want that feeling, Finding Neverland gives you it. It's hard to describe; but try it for yourself.
The Neverland Piano Variations are good, giving a different twist to the score. Anyway, the score itself is great from start to finish. The competition for the 77th Academy Awards Best Original Score is stiff, but Finding Neverland, in my opinion, should be the front runner. Buy the CD - you won't regret it. And when you do listen to it, you might want to try putting on headphones and turning the volume way up. YOU WILL FIND NEVERLAND.