Posted by: Glass Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 9:58 a.m. IP Address: cpe-76-170-177-154.socal.res.rr.com
I highly suspect that the hate towards Zimmer is somewhat undeserved. His weak score should be attributable to director Christopher Nolan's rather "bad taste" in film music.
Most of Nolan's movies had weak music before Zimmer climbed aboard (Nolan's previous collobrator, David Julyan, did kind of the same style for Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige). If you listen to parts of The Descent, you can tell David Julyan sports the same kind of non thematic meandering in his Nolan films. So, one could infer that Nolan has probably either got use to Julyan's style (and is imposing it on Zimmer) or he was already in the same camp to begin with.
Zimmer on the other hand, is guilty of being derivative (reusing his themes in different movies), but still has affirmable talent. One only has to take a look at his scores for Ron Howard (Backdraft, Angels and Demons, Frost/Nixon) to see what a difference a director can be.