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Comments about the soundtrack for Batman Returns (Danny Elfman)
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Tim P.
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Lee S.
Response to the review...   Friday, October 29, 2004 (9:58 p.m.) 

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.

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Lee S.
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Tim P.
Re: Response to the review...   Thursday, September 22, 2005 (6:00 p.m.) 

> 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.

I totally agree with what Tim P. wrote here, and I think that post would make a much better review than the actual FilmTracks one.

Furthermore, the sentence "both the score and film were monumental critical and popular flops" makes me wonder if the reviewer lived in a parallel universe during 1992. I don't know or care what all the pretentious critics said about the movie, but it was certainly popular with its target audience. Among my age group it was *THE* action movie for years after its release. It spawned a high-rated and long-running cartoon series for Christ's sake!

And yeah, I thought the score was great. A different direction than the original "Batman," but by no means inferior.

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