Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, and Jennifer Connelly star in the latest work from Oscar-nominated writer/director Todd Field. Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta ("Election"), "Little Children" centers on a handful of individuals whose lives intersect … see full wiki
If there is one thing I feel Thomas Newman can be depended on as a composer, it is his ability to capture the mood and heart of a story and express it perfectly in his music. It is a talent he uses to nail nearly every one of his scores, and the music for 'Little Children' is no exception.
In the case of this movie, the score begins with a strong sense of everyday life -- comfortable themes with humor and heart, and only a slight undercurrent of something strange going on just beneath the surface. As we progress to 'Its Wrong and Its Weird', 'Weekends Were Difficult', and 'A Sniff or Two', the stories beneath the story can be heard, while there are still islands of peace to be found in 'Pool Days' or the simple three-note cues of 'Little Children'. And finally, the beautiful 'End Title' wraps it all up in a neat, if surprising, little 8-minute bow.
Despite mostly short cues and very simple orchestrations, somehow Newman's music for 'Little Children' captures facets of the story and of each character with elegance and with charm. It is a very personal score in ways, lacking the clever tone of other Newman scores like 'American Beauty' and missing out on the drama of 'Shawshank Redemption' or 'Green Mile'. 'Little Children' is a simple story, and Newman sensibly keeps his score simple as well -- eloquent and beautiful in its simplicity.
Not bad for less than 40 minutes of music. Not bad at all!