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Watchmen
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:
Tyler Bates

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Williams
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Reprise Records
(March 3rd, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you seek a souvenir from a film that, like the score, addresses your senses for the awe and thrill of the moment rather than the greater, cohesive intelligence of the original concept.

Avoid it... if you demand that your superhero film scores create a lasting identity through development of theme, instrumentation, or any other uniquely consistent element.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,070
WRITTEN 3/19/09
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Watchmen: (Tyler Bates) Of all the superheroes that have leapt, flown, blasted, and punched their way to the big screen in the last twenty years, perhaps no adaptation of an existing concept was as tricky as Alan Moore's 1986 graphic novels involving the Watchmen. It's easy to see why so many directors came and went on this project through the years; the narrative of this set of colorful characters is so unique and intermingled with real-life geopolitical events that an accurate translation into a sensible motion picture was a daunting task. As such, it's not surprising that Moore refused to associate himself with director Zack Snyder's 2009 film Watchmen, a promising, but ultimately muddled treatment of a subject that was simply too immense to tackle in one film. Sporting a cast of relative unknowns and dwelling upon painstaking loyalty to the look of the comics, Watchmen failed to reinvent the superhero genre on screen as it had on paper. Its premise is different that those of better known concepts, examining the role of a variety of flashy characters with special powers against the backdrop of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union in the mid-1980's (with Richard Nixon serving a fifth term over a beleaguered American population). The production tried so hard to remain faithful to the novels that it lost sight of the larger picture, and with the finer portions of the story sacrificed, the nuances that made the concept so appealing were lost. Not serving Watchmen with the kind of intelligence that it deserves are Tyler Bates' score and the plethora of contemporary songs littered throughout the picture. Bates in particular had been a punching bag in the film music collecting community, and rightfully so. His borrowing of Elliot Goldenthal's Titus for Snyder's wildly popular 300 caused enough trouble for the studio to force disclaimers on copies of the DVDs and soundtracks for that film (crediting Goldenthal for inspiring the soundtrack). Bates' music for other mainstream films, lead by the poor remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still in late 2008, has often underachieved, failing to define the pictures with memorable sonic identities while only barely producing enough of an appropriate atmosphere to justify his paycheck. Of Bates' work for Watchmen, Snyder uses the words "iconic and beautiful." This description is truly baffling, for this music is deserving of neither word.



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Average: 2.02 Stars
***** 40 5 Stars
**** 44 4 Stars
*** 75 3 Stars
** 142 2 Stars
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Ed Chang - April 15, 2016, at 12:21 p.m.
1 comment  (101 views)
Well, it may not be that bad
Richard Kleiner - April 14, 2009, at 9:38 p.m.
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Kino - April 3, 2009, at 8:51 p.m.
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Two stars is too f_cking generous, Christian.
Krishna Manohar - March 26, 2009, at 12:13 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:54
• 1. Rescue Mission (2:13)
• 2. Don't Get Too Misty Eyed (1:36)
• 3. Tonight the Comedian Died (2:44)
• 4. Silk Spectre (1:00)
• 5. We'll Live Longer (0:56)
• 6. You Quit! (0:39)
• 7. Only Two Names Remain (1:42)
• 8. American Dream (1:56)
• 9. Edward Blake: The Comedian (2:41)
• 10. Last Laugh (0:57)
• 11. Prison Fight (1:45)
• 12. Just Look Around You (5:51)
• 13. Dan's Apocalyptic Dream (1:17)
• 14. Who Murdered Hollis Mason? (0:56)
• 15. What About Janie Slater? (1:34)
• 16. I'll Tell You About Rorschach (4:10)
• 17. Countdown (2:47)
• 18. It Was Me (1:25)
• 19. All That Is Good (4:58)
• 20. Requiem - composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (0:55)
• 21. I Love You (2:41)

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The insert includes extensive credits and a short note from the director about the score.
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