If you take away the fact it was written in his golden years and the fact the film stank, it's actually pretty handsomely executed music.
As if we should expect less from Williams.
I'm listening to James Horner's A Far Off Place again after somehow not trusting my initial impressions yesterday. I'm still befuddled at the complete lack of self-plagiarism. Even shakuhachi is used in a different ways that he typically does it: more melodic (think Goldsmith). Theme is more Barry/Morricone territory. What a weird score from him. I can't say Intrada disc makes for an excellent listening experience, it's a tad too long for that. But the score is really well crafted. Surprisingly moody and low-key for a children film. Recommended.