You know, I don't think there will ever be another performer like Mr. Andy Kaufman. Everything I've ever seen him do has been incredibly original. When I heard there ws going to be a biopic about his life, I got very excited. I got even more excited when I heard who the writers and director was. I even thought Jim Carrey was a good choice. However, when I heard REM was going to do the score, I for the first time questioned the decision of the studio and director. While I enjoy REM's "Man on The Moon" very much as a song, I don't believe REM was a good choice for this picture. With a picture with such scope about a man who was so gifted and original, why not hire a great Hollywood composer to do it. Horner, Goldsmith, Williams. Even others like Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, or Marc Shaiman would have been better candidates. The story of Andy's life could be a very emotional and interesting experience to write music about.
Now I'll get to the CD itself. I didn't mind any of the songs on the cd, and I especially enjoyed the songs with Andy singing. The last song on the cd, which was Andy singing, made me teary eyed. However, as far as the score goes, it left a lot to be desired. I have not seen the movie, so i cannot comment on how well the music works in the movie, but I can tell you that musically I was very dissapointed with the cues on the cd. The orchestral version of "Man On The Moon" which I had high hopes for, seemed almost silly to me. All the power of the song was lost, and it was quite frankly dissapointing.
However, I am glad I purchased this cd, just because I am such a large fan of Andy's, and I'm very excited about this movie. I own many, many movie scores, and this one doesn't compare with any of them, but I'll just keep my fingers crossed that the film works. I guess I would have just been more happy with a big powerful, emotional score, but thats just me.