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

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Re: Much better score than what FT states. Fits Director's new vision perfectly
• Posted by: Gashoe13   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 11:44 p.m.
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• In Response to: Much better score than what FT states. Fits Di... (Raphael Meillat)

> The simplicity of the theme is one of its core strengths, along with how
> this simple theme is being derived throughout the score.

Your points are mostly okay, but I really do wonder about this. Why, exactly, is having such a simple main theme a good thing? Many composers have taken long-lined, complex and infinitely more heroic melodies and referenced them intelligently throughout their scores. You've probably heard many of them!

Look what Williams did with the original Superman march, for instance. It's an extremely complex march, with distinctive rhythms, woodwind and string counterpoint, and multiple phrases. You'd think it would be difficult to 'derive these throughout the score,' as you put it. However, he does a phenomenal job of referencing each of these. It's much better than having a piddly, brief, simplistic theme that references such an iconic and complex character.

Many other composers are good at this! Elfman did it with Alice in Wonderland, Goldsmith with The Shadow, Horner with Amazing Spider-man... Many, many composers have proven that it is very possible to represent a complex figure with a complex theme and then reference that complex theme in intelligent ways.

Zimmer writes a very, very decent theme in What Are You Going to Do When You Aren't Saving the World?. But he never develops it to satisfaction. The brief burst in Flight is not sufficient, and merely referencing the first two notes on occasion doesn't count as development.

FInally, I felt that Zimmer's work fit the film very poorly. The cues that played in the opening scene on Krypton, for instance, were awful in their relentless pounding. The same few notes played over and over again with relentless percussive effects... it was just very unpleasant. And the same goes for the final battle cue. What happened to the days when Zimmer's works tried to synchronize with moments in the movie? Gladiator? Lion King?

All in all I was left deeply disappointed.

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