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Comments about the soundtrack for Batman Begins (Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard)
A very harsh review - a very good soundtrack

Trekkie
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A very harsh review - a very good soundtrack   Tuesday, October 25, 2005 (4:54 p.m.) 

I don't know how you could give such a harsh review for this soundtrack (although I've always been a Zimmer fan). I've been listening to it (compared to the soundtrack of Batman: Forever - some great songs, but some really lousy ones too) and this one craps all over any of the previous Batman soundtracks. The original Batman movie franchise is dead (Joel Schumaker made sure of that), this is a new Batman (and hopefully the start of a new series) and I think that the music needed to take a different direction to that of the previous movies. I think it's a fresh new sound and a great soundtrack.

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Re: A very harsh review - a very good soundtrack   Saturday, January 21, 2006 (1:47 p.m.) 

Yes, the music did need to take a new direction, but I think that Zimmers direction couldn't be more wrong for this film. The direction is merely Howards minimalism with Zimmer recycling material that he's been cutting and pasting into films for over a decade. If he could have given himself the kind of departure from his norm that he showed in Tears of the Sun, I believe that this would have been a truly great score to witness. Of course, I'm not suggesting that we have an African tribal ritual song pop up in the middle of Bruce's Parents being shot, but you know what I mean. Zimmer almost redefined himself with that sound track and I find it very unfortunate that he did not continue in a redefining direction rather than merely retreat back into his comfort zone. He truly could be great and it is dissapointing, to me, to see somebody who could do great things just doing the same stuff over and over.

Hopefully, one day, he will take that leap into greatness. But, for now, he's just Hans.

Hope I didn't offend.

Happy listening

> I don't know how you could give such a harsh review for this soundtrack
> (although I've always been a Zimmer fan). I've been listening to it
> (compared to the soundtrack of Batman: Forever - some great songs, but
> some really lousy ones too) and this one craps all over any of the
> previous Batman soundtracks. The original Batman movie franchise is dead
> (Joel Schumaker made sure of that), this is a new Batman (and hopefully
> the start of a new series) and I think that the music needed to take a
> different direction to that of the previous movies. I think it's a fresh
> new sound and a great soundtrack.


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