A Night at the Movies (Flack’s Review)

Posted on | March 15, 2012 | 3 Comments

5 Stars

A dark theater.  Two big TV screens.  A clip from the sci-fi George Lucas 1977 blockbuster Star Wars is shown.  And then the orchestra starts.  That’s what the movie music magic performed by conductor, Kurt Bestor, singer Jennifer Beth Glick, and a full sized orchestra is like.

From a through the decades history to a special tribute to John Williams, it’s a spectacular experience that I won’t forget anytime soon.

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It’s great for both movie buffs and music fans, and was performed by the Cape Cod Symphony in Cape Cod, MA.

Starting with A Night at the Movies overture that terrifically sets the bar high.  The performance continued not to disappoint.  Next up was the decade overview.  Charlie Chaplin (20’s), Gone with the Wind (30’s), Red Pony (40’s), Vertigo and Psycho (50’s), The Pink Panther (60’s), Star Wars (70’s), Hoosiers (80’s), and a medley of the top 5 super hero movies ever were given magnificent renditions.  All the film scores were also accompanied by film clips which added to the excitement.  The top 5 super hero movies were (from 5 – 1) Batman (1989), Superman Returns (2006), X2 (2003), Batman Begins (2005), and Spider-Man (2002).

Then there was an intermission when I had a chocolate chip cookie and talked about the show with my family.  And then back to the theater!!!!!!

After the intermission a scene from the Imax movie The Great American West was shown.  The orchestra then did some Beethoven music to accompany the clip.  After they did Stalling’s version (a guy known for Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes, and Warner Brothers music).  The scene showed a man fighting a bear on land, in the water, and inside a hole in the ground.  After the way too serious Beethoven rendition and the way too silly Stalling version was the host of the show, Kurt Bestor’s version (he actually composed the real movie score too).  Obviously Bestor’s version was best mixing action, comedy, drama, a dark tone, and light moments to great effect.

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Then Jennifer Beth Glick was welcomed onto the stage to sing two Oscar winning songs:  Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Heart Will Go On from Titanic.  Glick was a good singer but what was up next was even better.

For the fantastic finale Kurt Bestor conducted a tribute to John Williams.  E.T., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more were all performed magnificently.

This was a fantastic show.  My favorite part was when they did Star Wars during the Through the Decades segment.  I liked it because it was very lighthearted yet extremely exciting.  They played a song from Star Wars which is equally as riveting and classic as the Star Wars theme and the Imperial March.  Sadly the show I went to was the last in Cape Cod, or at least for now.  But with such a great host there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to go to this show.  In fact the only bad parts were that I wish they showed more of the movie clips and had one gigantic movie theater-like screen.  (I also have to complain that the show actually stopped.)  A Night at the Movies was an experience full of movies, magic and more!!!!!!


3 Responses to “A Night at the Movies (Flack’s Review)”

  1. Abid
    March 15th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    very good review and the movie must exposed you to varieties of music.

  2. Ida Mae Raoof
    March 15th, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    Wonderful review, Flack. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Richard Alan Scott
    May 20th, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    This sounded great. I’m sorry I missed it.

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