Yes, I love Randy Newman. Yes, I think Howard Shore is remarkably overrated. I have thought this for years. But recently, when “The Natural” was playing in the background while I was putzing around the house, and I heard the theme playing as Robert Redford hit the final home run, it struck me: the brass melody is exactly the same as one from “Lord of the Rings,” for which Mr. Howard Bore won the Oscar. (Randy Newman did the score for The Natural in 1984!) Why wasn’t there outrage over this? I want pandemonium! I mean, it’s not just similar. It’s THE SAME GODDAMN LINE!
Listen for yourselves.
Exhibit A: The Natural (starts at about 4:20)
Exhibit B: Lord of the Rings Symphony