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

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Re: That review is poor.
• Posted by: Yarron Katz   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: That review is poor. (Jacque)
• Now Playing: The Amazing Spider Man 2... meh.

> Reading the review I was convinced he'd give it two stars. He couldn't
> even help complimenting the Electro theme. And while the main theme is
> "hokey" as he said at least there's a level of craftsmanship in
> it absent from Zimmer's Batman and Superman scores, as well as a love
> theme, no matter how sparse. I was genuinely surprised to see the * at the
> end. This is clearly a superior score to MoS and at least the equal of TDK
> trilogy scores. I'd give it *** for the score and ** in the context of the
> franchise for abandoning Horner's themes, and a ** overall. Getting mad at
> the difference between * and ** may seem trite but as you said, there's a
> clear differential between trash like 300 and a score like this, which if
> seriously flawed is still functional and at times inspired. This review
> recalls his ignoring of all the positive qualities of the Pirates scores
> even if those were flawed too.

I hear your point, but when you are talking about an already established franchise you have to review it in the context of that franchise. To put it differently: Spiderman will never be considered against films like '300'. It's held to a different standard. A film like '300' can get 2 stars for being functional because it's a one off and stands alone. Spiderman on the other hand does not stand alone. It stands with every Spiderman film preceding it which has already created a baseline for expected quality. Therefore the composer needs to step up to bat with a baseline to achieve since he's going to make "Spiderman" as an icon better or worse. In other words his soundtrack is going to either bring up or drag down the entire franchise. It's not a one film thing. It is an extra challenge that comes with the job, but at the same time he had an outstanding foundation to work with. A composer is entitled to abandon that foundation, but in doing so he is making the claim that he had reason enough to abandon it because he can make it better. As a result you have more to gain but also more to lose. In this case by Zimmer abandoning an outstanding basis and replacing it with something barely functional one is fully entitled to penalize him. Particularly when it was done so brazenly. A composer needs to be held accountable for the reasoning behind choices that made the soundtrack what it is. His choice to re-invent the wheel with a worse wheel, just to show everyone he can make it newer must be considered. And in doing so he didn't just damage the movie, he damaged "Spiderman".

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