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Comments about the soundtrack for Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer/Various)

Re: Filmtracks shows no respect for innovation [EDITED TWICE]
• Posted by: Endere Massoviata
• Date: Friday, February 16, 2018, at 5:46 a.m.
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• In Response to: Filmtracks shows no respect for innovation (Harold Vaughan)
Message Edited: Friday, February 16, 2018, at 5:47 a.m.
Friday, February 16, 2018, at 5:50 a.m.

> Dunkirk immerses you in the horror of an event. It doesn't want you to
> have some upbeat heroic emotional connection. The reviewer completely
> misses that point. Maybe he is too busy looking at pictures of penises in
> his forums.

You have got to be kidding. Dunkirk is one of the most maligned scores (by people who actually know something about film music) in cinema history.

Zimmer followed the example of Elfman throughout his film music debacle; starting out with Rock and eventually ending up in this century with an embarrassingly rudimentary style that draws heavily upon Elfman's Batman scores without having the musical education to produce anything of similar worth.

I really liked his Man of Steel, regardless, and felt that was really the only time the abovementioned 21st century writing of Zimmer worked. Everything else has been so much under the influence of the dozens of ghostwriters, arrangers, and orchestrators as to have practically anything to do with Zimmer's four chord (max) vocabulary.

BTW, the inclusion of Zimmer at the expense of truly trailblazing masters like Rozsa, Herrmann, and Alfred Newman really makes this site look less good than it overall is.

This is a fine site, but needs to show it's backround in the truly original film music of the old days before showcasing composers who can't lick the boots of the true masters (I include Williams and Goldsmith, Morricone, and Friedhofer among the above Gods of Film Music).

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