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Comments about the soundtrack for Red Dragon (Danny Elfman)

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Why references to Zimmer?
• Posted by: Blue Sky   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, October 12, 2002, at 4:45 a.m.
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Why are people here saying that Hans Zimmer should have scored "Red Dragon"?

Yes, so Zimmer did a lovely job on "Hannibal", I entirely agree. But why references to "Hannibal"? I think people are missing the point of film music...

Film music is there to heighten and enhance a film. That's A film. Not "a series of films". A film.

"Red Dragon" and "Hannibal" are completely different books. The first is an intense crime investigation with the beauty and depths of the Dolarhyde character. "Hannibal" is a gore fest in the beauty of Florence. There should be no comparisons between the two, as they are completely different genres, even if the main character in "Hannibal" has a minor cameo in "Red Dragon".

So we get to the film versions... Michael Mann's "Manhunter" is on interpretation of Harris' "Red Dragon" which took out all fantasy and horror elements leaving a hard faced crime investigation, and the synthesised eighties score fitted it perfectly.

Ridley Scott's "Hannibal" was a visually stunning piece of art, and very beautiful to look at, and Hans Zimmer's beautiful score went with it well.

Brett Ratner's version of "Red Dragon" is more of a tense horror approach to Harris' book. A completely different film stylistically to "Hannibal". And, although I have yet to see the new film, I am pretty damn certain that Danny Elfman's score fits it brilliantly.

I also can not see Has Zimmer scoring this type of film successfully.

Just because Hans Zimmer did good music for one film doesn't mean he can do the same for another completely seperate film which is in a completely different style, and anyone who states the opposite is ignorant of how film music works altogether.

Okay, finished.

Blue Sky

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