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Comments about the soundtrack for 2012 (Harald Kloser/Thomas Wanker)
One star too many?

Edmund Meinerts
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One star too many?   Monday, November 23, 2009 (1:10 p.m.) 

If this makes mediocre scores like Alan Silvestri's Volcano (which I don't find mediocre, actually) sound like "triumphs of character", how come there's the same amount of stars?

I know it was said the score "barely achieves a third star", but I see no reason not to go the whole hog and knock it off. Being "inoffensive" doesn't justify a third star, necessarily - just look at the devastating reviews of some of Hans Zimmer's most ear-pleasing works (Pirates of the Caribbean sequels especially, not to mention Steve Jablonsky's Transformers 1) merely because of their inoriginality (which plagues this score too, just not quite as obviously).


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Re: One star too many?   Tuesday, November 24, 2009 (7:17 p.m.) 
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> If this makes mediocre scores like Alan Silvestri's Volcano (which I don't
> find mediocre, actually) sound like "triumphs of character", how
> come there's the same amount of stars?

> I know it was said the score "barely achieves a third star", but
> I see no reason not to go the whole hog and knock it off. Being
> "inoffensive" doesn't justify a third star, necessarily - just
> look at the devastating reviews of some of Hans Zimmer's most ear-pleasing
> works (Pirates of the Caribbean sequels especially, not to mention Steve
> Jablonsky's Transformers 1) merely because of their inoriginality (which
> plagues this score too, just not quite as obviously).

At least 2012 does have a real sounding orchestral sound, instead of the synth orchestra sound of Pirates Of The Caribean. The score is good but sound a little Zimmeresque with the rymthm patterns and use of synths. But sounds very orchestral.



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Re: One star too many?   Thursday, December 3, 2009 (8:11 a.m.) 

> At least 2012 does have a real sounding orchestral sound, instead of the
> synth orchestra sound of Pirates Of The Caribean. The score is good but
> sound a little Zimmeresque with the rymthm patterns and use of synths. But
> sounds very orchestral.

Agreed, PotC gave me a headache, until Zimmer finally got his act straight and finished mostly orchestral for the last two movies. But, come on, does a real orchestral sound automatically guarantee a star these days?

What has film music amounted to? (:p I, a Media Ventures fan, never thought I'd say those words...)


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Re: One star too many?   Monday, December 14, 2009 (10:20 a.m.) 

> Agreed, PotC gave me a headache, until Zimmer finally got his act straight
> and finished mostly orchestral for the last two movies. But, come on, does
> a real orchestral sound automatically guarantee a star these days?

> What has film music amounted to? (:p I, a Media Ventures fan, never
> thought I'd say those words...)

It depends how it's used. There are a few tracks which I don't like it very much because sounds too MV-esque like The Impact, the first minute of Finding Charlie, the string run of the first seconds of Run Daddy Run and Nampan Plateau and a few others.


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