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Comments about the soundtrack for The Fan (Hans Zimmer)

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I agree...what a terribly lazy review
• Posted by: Doug C.   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2004, at 8:17 a.m.
• IP Address: wbar15.tmp1-4-8-041-217.tmp1.dsl-verizon.net
• In Response to: Christian, You have no idea! - READ THIS!! (Sebastian Moon)

This is one of Hans Zimmer's best score and a score that was really quite unique in its day.

To say there are no themes is just careless. The main theme is played over opening credits. It is one of the most unusually beautiful themes I have ever heard for a film. It is almost like a lullaby/salute to the "memory" of the great days of baseball. It is played in the film at key times to give a perfect juxtaposition to why Deniro acts the way he does. The theme sometimes flows directly into Zimmer's psycho theme.

Deniro's memory of how perfect the game was has been twisted. His personal life is going down the toilet and the game of baseball is all he has left. When he discovers even his hero does not care about the game anymore, how fans are so fair weathered, it is the final straw for him. Therefore, the lullaby turns into a nightmare for him (as does the music).

The music also has some gorgeously sad cello work in it.

Sure the movie is not perfect and the ending is weak. However, it has these strengths: some absolutely beautiful music and cinematograpy that set the stage for most of today's thrillers (including Seven).

Remember that this movie came out I believe around '94 and '95. It was not well received, but I think the masses missed the point.

You also have to give Zimmer credit for following up the Lion King with this score. A complete departure.

-Doug




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