Album: Hearts in Atlantis: Music from the Motion Picture

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Hearts in Atlantis: Music from the Motion Picture

Artist: Mychael Danna
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Label: Decca

With a few notable exceptions, writer Stephen King’s horror works have more often than not been mangled by Hollywood. Oddly, it’s his gentler, more human side that’s prospered in films like Stand by Me, The Green Mile, and, more recently, Hearts in Atlantis. Underscoring director Scott Hicks’s subtly deft touch with Atlantis‘s coming-of-age tale, composer Mychael Danna has written music that seems to forge the best of Thomas Newman and Rachel Portman, fusing the former’s spare, dramatic use of space and musical longing with the…

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With a few notable exceptions, writer Stephen King’s horror works have more often than not been mangled by Hollywood. Oddly, it’s his gentler, more human side that’s prospered in films like Stand by Me, The Green Mile, and, more recently, Hearts in Atlantis. Underscoring director Scott Hicks’s subtly deft touch with Atlantis‘s coming-of-age tale, composer Mychael Danna has written music that seems to forge the best of Thomas Newman and Rachel Portman, fusing the former’s spare, dramatic use of space and musical longing with the latter’s delicate, pastoral sense of melody and color. Unfortunately, as lovely as it is, Danna’s music is represented by just four tracks here, in essence becoming little more than sonic seasoning for the collection of oldies that set the film’s time frame. And while those tracks by the Platters, Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry, Santo and Johnny, and Percy Faith add a certain sense of mood, they do so at the expense of Danna’s own compelling work, and that’s too bad. —Jerry McCulley

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Book:Hearts In Atlantis: New Fiction

Hearts In Atlantis: New Fiction

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Hearts in Atlantis, King’s newest fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.

In Part One, “Low Men in Yellow Coats,” eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood. He also discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror.

In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest…and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.

In “Blind Willie” and “Why We’re in Vietnam,” two men who grew up with Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era in an America which sometimes seems as hollow—and as haunted—as their own lives. …[more]

Film:Hearts In Atlantis

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Fans of The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption will feel a similar affection for Hearts in Atlantis, a Stephen King adaptation that again finds the horror writer in more mainstream waters, with a bit of dabbling in the supernatural. When mysterious out-of-towner Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves into the boarding house that 11-year-old Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin) shares with his self-involved mother (Hope Davis), Bobby jumps at the chance to befriend an adult who talks to him straightforwardly. Ted enlists Bobby to read him the…

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