Posted by: CS^TBL Date: Monday, June 7, 2004, at 7:11 a.m. IP Address: 62-221-215-55.dsl.fiberworld.nl
For those that didn't hear the score yet, I could divide it in 2 parts:
- cliche action cues
The adagios are boring like nothing else.. I'd highly recommend The Thin Red Line, or The Last Samurai, if you're after adagios.. I mean, come on, was the score-notation-software of Kloser out of 8th or 16th notes or what, did he use a warez-version with the restriction of quarter-notes (or less) only ? (yeah ok, this is a dumb remark, but I'm about to think that it's actually true)
The Actions cues are nothing special.. just another Media Ventures clone, with all the snaredrum-crescendi, fast hihats, loud percussion hits, brass-stabs etc.
I'm not exactly against Zimmer's style -generally he's in my top5-, I'm against all those numerous "IWantToBeZimmer"-composers we're flooded with since Gladiator.
Perhaps it works in the movie.. but then again, many things work in a movie. So, having something that works in a movie doesn't mean that it was the only music that could fit. (And I'd say the same about the music from "Academy Award" movies like Titanic)
For all the would-be Zimmers reading this: we have enough of them already.. rather focus on someone else. But when you insist on copycatting Zimmer, then do it good, not half.
I would give it (the score as heard on the album alone) *** because it's not awful to listen to, but I'd give it ** because I know this one is gonna stay in a dark boring corner here..