The Zimmer Hate in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Review is Out of Control
Posted by: Robert Taylor <Send E-Mail> Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 9:59 p.m. IP Address: cpe-23-240-235-122.socal.res.rr.com
I usually enjoy the reviews but this was absolutely ridiculous, just Clemensen bashing Zimmer for paragraphs on end with as little actual discussion of the score itself as possible. The comparisons to "Man of Steel" aren't even apt in most places, aside from the fact that both are superhero scores.
I'm not a Zimmer apologist and I usually find his work underwhelming, but this was a good score. An INTERESTING score, and Clemensen just dismissed the interesting stuff out of hand as if it was just another random bit. Calling the Electro stuff "arguably laughable" was more laughable than the villain themes in the score, which I thought were original and well executed.
As I wrote on another thread, "Amazing Spider-Man 2" felt like it was done by a young composer who was experimenting. Didn't pull everything off, but it was a wild, interesting ride all the way through. It reminded me of Zimmer's work for "Hannibal" and how he was willing to throw everything at the wall and do unexpected things, some successfully and some notsomuch. I'd give both "Hannibal" and "Amazing Spider-Man 2" ****, but even if Clemensen didn't like "ASM2" he should have at least acknowledged the good, interesting things about it and gave it ** or ***. Instead he just bashed Zimmer over and over with little regard for the score itself.
What a shame -- it makes me respect him less as a reviewer.