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Re: Batman Begins Poor Official Review
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• Posted by: AntonioE1778   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, July 13, 2008, at 6:09 p.m.
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• In Response to: Batman Begins Poor Official Review (Arksun)

> Oh look, its reviewed by another of these clearly anti-Zimmer biased
> reviewers that likes to compare everything he's ever done to the Rock
> soundtrack *yawn*

The thing is that this score is comparable to The Rock because it sounds so much like it. The themes and tunes are almost interchangeable.

> Firstly, ALL composers have their signature sound that runs through
> everything, more so Danny Elfman than Zimmer I'd say, yet I dont see you
> official reviewers complaining as much about that!. Pure bias.

They don't complain about it, they simply point it out. It's good for a composer to have his own signature sound. Zimmer's, however, is not a very good one to have because it is boring, simplistic, and results in completely predictable scores. His "style", if you can call it that, is so restricted that most of his scores all sound the same and Batman Begins is no different. Other composers churn out unique scores that don't at all sound the same but still have their composer's unique sound and style. Zimmer is incapable of writing such a score (at least for big summer blockbusters). There is no denying that Zimmer has written some very good scores in his past though.

> Secondly, this craps all over the Rock soundtrack from a great height. You
> can hear his mastery and experience from years of work shine through in
> what is I think one of the most emotionally moving soundtracks ever made.

If you think this is "one of the most emotionally moving soundtracks ever made", you need to get out and listen to other scores from other composers (and perhaps even Zimmer).

> I first stumbled across a track from the Batman Begins soundtrack by
> accident on someones myspace page, it was one of those stop what you're
> doing moments and just melt into the sound. This soundtrack is such a work
> of beauty, I ordered it that very day and when it arrived was not
> dissapointed.

Good for you.

> Also the reviewers wrong in stating Howard had little noticeable part in
> the soundtrack. I can hear his signature style a lot in this!, especially
> in the Macrotus and Corynorhinus tracks. I was surprised by just how well
> their sounds blended together for this.

You named two tracks. Two tracks! Two out of how many? Twelve! 2/12 doesn't seem like a whole lot.

> In terms of fitting the film, it was perfect, it helped give the film its
> own seperate identity from the original franchise and Dannys faster more
> full on style of music.

On this point we can agree. The score worked great in the film. I just can't help but imagine what the film would be like if it was given to a more capable composer, perhaps Howard by himself.

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