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Comments about the soundtrack for Man of Steel (Hans Zimmer/Various)

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Much better score than what FT states. Fits Director's new vision perfectly
• Posted by: Raphael Meillat   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 12:26 a.m.
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Despite some interesting insights in the score analysis, I find filmtracks' review particularly harsh, especially the rating part. There seems to be a bit of anti-Zimmer stance nowadays. I mean...1-star...really!!!??? I thought 1-star ratings were only used for pretty much trash work, garbage! It is the lowest possible rating on your scale after all. Yet, I can assure you that 1-star work this is not! It's actually a very interesting listening experience, sonically speaking.

Personally, I think more and more positive attributes can be found in this score as I keep on playing it (full deluxe edition). In other words, repeat playing gets rewarding, something not always true even for good scores. The first time I listened to it (before watching the movie), I loved a few pieces (namely 1-5-6-16-17) and didn't think too much of the rest. So It would have been a 3.5 stars I'd say. Then I saw the movie and it became a 4-star score because it fitted the movie experience so well (after all, enhancing what's on screen is the raison d'etre of movie scores).
The simplicity of the theme is one of its core strengths, along with how this simple theme is being derived throughout the score.
As a huge fan of John Williams (he's one of my favorite film composers), I also appreciate Hans Zimmer's respect and modesty when he speaks about the previous scores and his genuine appreciation of John Williams' talent. In fact, thank god Zimmer didn't try to emulate John Williams' style. Not only he doesn't have the same skill-set but it would not match the cinematic style of Man of Steel. For such complete reboot, one needed something radically different sound-wise, and Zimmer's score delivers on that front. Yes it might sound a little bit alike some of his previous efforts (Inception, Batman trilogy) but that's part of any auteur's legacy: a sound and style we as listeners can recognize and appreciate (or not). It's a signature. Like any painter or writer. I should also declare that I've always been a big fan of Hans Zimer, ever since I heard his great work on Pacific Heights (and his unused but published composition for the K2 movie). That doesn't mean I've got to like ALL his work. I don't owe him anything!
But if there's one thing we can all thank Hans Zimmer for is for a renewed interest in film soundtracks ever since he composed iconic scores like Crimson Tide or Gladiator.
Anyway, just my take on this. With no aggressive tone nor insults, something we find way too often in your comments section...
And just for added context, let me say that I've been collecting movie scores for the past 30 years, right before my early teens! I've got over 1,000 CD's (and a few tapes!) spanning from the iconic Miklos Rozsa, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams to the likes of Ennio Morricone, George Delerue, Maurice Jarre and James Horner not to mention guys like Basil Poledouris, Michael Kamen, Danny Elfman, John Scott, and dozens more. In other words, Man of Steel is not the first soundtrack I ever bought!

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