Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Musical Score By: Robert Gulya

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on the Mark Twain novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this new adaptation stars Joel Courtney as Tom Sawyer, Jake T. Austin as Huckleberry Finn and Katherine McNamara as Becky Thatcher.  When Tom and Huck witness a murder in the graveyard, the two head out to Jackson Island and make a pact to keep silent about the incident.  But when an innocent man is blamed for the murder and sentenced to death, Tom is forced to break his promise. 

                The musical score of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn was created by award-winning Hungarian composer Robert Gulya.  Since his graduation from the University of California’s music program as a Fulbright scholar, he Gulya has scored over twenty films, including Gingerclown, In the Name of Sherlock Holmes, Atom Nine Adventures and What Ever Happened to Timi.  He is the managing director of Boulevard Worldwide, a music production company specializing in television commercials, and also composes contemporary classical music.

                Performed by The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the music found on the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Soundtrack is orchestral, featuring horns, woodwinds and strings.  The sound of a banjo gives the tale a river/country feel.  The theme has a fast-paced adventure that also speaks to the vast openness of the locale and the huge possibilities facing our teenage protagonists.  The Barn is the only track with an ominous feel, speaking of danger ahead.

                The only thing that really confused me about the score created for this film is the percussion.  The clacking blocks are reminiscent of the sound of horses’ hooves and I wondered at this.  Having read the classic novels by Mark Twain, I remembered the kids as being country kids, living by the river.  This score has more of a western feel which seemed a bit wrong to me.  The adventure aspect was perfectly covered by the composer, but, unless this version of the classic has the characters seated in the Midwest, I think the composer got the wrong idea about the locale.  The banjos fit…the horse clops don’t.


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