A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that even though the Snow White and the Huntsman Soundtrack is almost all instrumental (aside from two tracks by Florence + The Machine and Ionna Gika), it's still a bit too dark for young kids. The music-only tracks are filled with lots of serious and scary orchestral arrangements, while the two songs with lyrics are similarly melodramatic. Like the movie, this isn't a soundtrack for little kids.
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What's the story?
Music from the mature, contemporary movie remake of the classic fairy tale, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN SOUNDTRACK contains 19 dark-sounding tunes -- only two of which include lyrics. The instrumental songs were composed by James Newton Howard, who also compsed the instrumental soundtrack for The Hunger Games. The two additional tracks, which sound equally intimidating but sport clean lyrics, are by indie-pop powerhouse band Florence + The Machine and singer Ioanna Gika.
Is it any good?
Any compilation that includes a contribution from the excellent Florence + The Machine already has a leg up. That said, these instrumental tracks hold their own, with haunting crescendos and crashes that do an excellent job of conveying the nail-biting drama of the intense.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the similarities and differences between the Snow White and The Hunger Games soundtracks -- both of which were composed by James Newton Howard.
Do you think some of these songs are similar enough that they could be used in the other film? Why or why not?
How does music help to amplify the different messages conveyed in a movie?
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