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Comments about the soundtrack for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Hans Zimmer/Various)

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Whoa, pony. Easy on the melodrama.
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• Posted by: Edmund Meinerts
• Date: Monday, May 12, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: That review is poor. (JFC)

> Does a score have to be orchestrally complex? Yes.

Why? Who said? That's an awfully narrow-minded way to look at things, isn't it? So you don't think there's any place in any film score for jazz, rock or electronica? You don't think there's any artistry in the effective combination of those genres? You think a movie like Tron Legacy, where electronics and technology are integral to the plot, would have been better served with a purely orchestral score?

> Every time I hear his name is assigned to a film I get physically Ill.

If it really affects you that much, seek help.

> I hate Zimmer because he killed the
> sound that has so often brought me so much joy.

"Killed"? Really? So primarily orchestral artists like Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Danny Elfman, Marco Beltrami and Howard Shore, whose careers are going stronger than ever, they all sound like Zimmer too? Or up-and-comers like Andrew Lockington? We're getting three new Star Wars scores from John Williams in the next few years...I suppose those will sound like Zimmer as well?

> I'm tired of Clemmenson posting
> Zimmer reviews before he reviews the good scores (Like Rio 2. Where is my
> Rio 2?)

I thought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was fresher-sounding and had more to offer than Rio 2. And believe me, you'll find no greater supporter of John Powell at Filmtracks than me. But just because something is well-orchestrated and has so and so many simultaneous lines of action, doesn't necessarily mean it's a better or more effective film score.

> I am tired of film scores. The only film scores that come out
> nowadays are ZIMMER clones anyway so what's the point? Good orchestral
> music IS DEAD. A conerstone of music that has stood for 500 years is dead.
> Symphony orchestras are going bankrupt, popular music is getting more and
> more simplistic and idiotic. And guess what? I never thought I would say
> this; SO ARE THE FILM SCORES! Yes this review is poor, but so is the
> music.

Jesus Christ, the overkill in this paragraph is laughable. Yes, Zimmer has undoubtedly had an effect on the industry and it's been for the worse on many occasions, but painting it in black and white the way you do makes you look like a ranting lunatic. And stop saying "killed". You make it sound like Hans Zimmer is sneaking into violinists' houses and murdering them in their sleep.

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