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Comments about the soundtrack for Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmer/Lorne Balfe)

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I have to disagree
• Posted by: Abbi H.   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, July 11, 2010, at 4:34 a.m.
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I was thinking as I watched the film that the soundtrack was probably the most obnoxious and ineffective score I'd heard in a film of this prominence. There were some moments where the music was clearly failing to enhance the intended emotion of the scene. For instance, there is the moment then Watson's fiancee mentions her deceased lover, the music implies that this is a far more important and melancholy piece of information than it is. Also, during the part when Sherlock and Irene are caught in the explosions, and there is an obnoxious gypsy violin solo, it doesn't fit the setting, and it is more laughable than tragic. The title theme sometimes had its charm, particularly a delightful moment near the end when the handcuffs slide out of the mist and the title theme begins slowly and gradually gains speed but I feel that, in many places, the score was vying a bit too hard to be the center of attention, overstepping its bounds. I'm surprised, given the general dislike of Hans Zimmer's scores on this site, that this one would get a favorable review, especially given that I thought it was particularly weak in the way it supported the film and might make a better impression on someone listening to it on its own.

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