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

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Re: Whoa, pony. Easy on the melodrama.
• Posted by: Adrian   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, May 12, 2014, at 9:30 p.m.
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• In Response to: Whoa, pony. Easy on the melodrama. (Edmund Meinerts)

> 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?

That's the problem, you said it yourself. This is Spider-Man, not Tron Legacy. If you want to hear a good use of electronics blended with identifiable themes, look no further than Horner's score. He utilizes sound effects to create the atmosphere of a journey, and with horns sounding in the background, it provides a heroic feel. So what you get is a heroic journey, precisely the thesis of a superhero film. I like certain elements that Zimmer incorporated here, particularly the Electro voices, but overall the score didn't help cement the film in my mind in the way past scores have (included those scored by Zimmer). It's hard to give credit to a piece of work as a whole that succeeds and fails in certain areas, when the whole purpose of the score is to serve the film and make itself memorable. The film passed without the score leaving a mark on me whatsoever. If I had to make an effort to listen actively for praise points versus a score catching my attention immediately, it's not too hard to tell if it's good or not.

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