Posted by: Tim P. Date: Friday, October 29, 2004, at 9:58 p.m. IP Address: 220.127.116.11
This site is great, and I agree with it most of the time. But some reviews are just so far from my opinion that I have to respond. Such is the case with Batman Returns. Elfman is, perhaps, my favorite film composer. Sure, he's not as successful or famous as John Williams but his style is just so unique. In my opinion, Edward Scissorhands and this are his best scores, and some of the bets ever. The original Batman score was very well done but not as creative or emotionally impacting as Returns. It is said in the review that the sounds on Returns are weak and not appropriate for the film. For one thing, the sound is definetly not weak, it is just more subtle in nature. The score does not need to beat you over the head like the original Batman score tended to do. For another, the music could not be more appropriate for the film. Returns was much darker, brooding and primal than Batman, and the music needed to reflect that. This music is a much better representation of the spirit of Batman than the original score, since Bruce Wayne is such a tormented and troubled man and his villains are twice as creepy. Some tracks in particular are just amazing, especially Birth of a Penguin, Selina Transforms and the phenomenal Finale. The Batman theme is less prominent on the album, but it sounds better than ever with the choir and the strings. All I'm saying is that this score is much better than the review makes it out to be. The original Batman score is great also, I just happen to like the second film and score more.