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Re: The Zimmer Hate in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Review is Out of Con
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• Posted by: Hari Haran   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, April 6, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: The Zimmer Hate in "The Amazing Spider-Man... (Hari Haran)

> It is becoming increasingly obvious that Clemmensen has begun to indicate
> some of his bias towards Zimmer. While there are some points I agree with,
> sometimes it's just irrelevant.
> I have to admit, I was disappointed by the output of this score. I agree
> with Zimmer, that there needs to be a sense of fun and frenetic energy
> when scoring a character like Spiderman, but there were some mistakes too.
> The main theme was a nice construct, with it's chord progression a
> surprisingly heart-warming one in its softer portions of usage. It fits
> the image of Spiderman falling from the sky as shown in the film, and
> gives it a reckless feel.
> The Electro theme was... interesting. While Zimmer does deserve judos for
> the experimentation, I feel that bringing in Pharell was a mistake. Make
> no judgements, he is a tremendous and talented musician, but his
> pop-orientated sensibilities weren't those that'd fit the bill.
> Sometimes there were electronics where there needn't be. The love theme
> for Peter and Gwen was basic but romantic, although it should have been
> just a little bit faster.
> My personal favourites of the soundtrack would have to be:

> "I'm Spiderman"
> "I'm Goblin" - there was more than just a wailing effect
> Clemmensen, what about the frenetic G minor strings?!
> "You're That Spider Guy"- the best cue on the whole album
> "Cold War"- the best example of Zimmer's more fun, rock-laden
> sensibilities, and I love how the main theme comes in right at the end
> with a frenetic burst of energy!

> And finally, "No Place Like Home". The emotional output was very
> high, though the electronics were quite distracting.

> The chants in "My Enemy" were interesting, but I feel that
> Zimmer was blinded by his success for The Dark Knight Rises with Bane's
> "DESHI DESHI BASARA BASARA." That was much more appropriate, and
> it gave that film a delirious, chaotic, villainous feel that truly
> amplified the tension. Here, it was quite laughable, I must admit, though
> having said this, regardless, I see the track as an example of Zimmer's
> guilty pleasures.

> Zimmer should have utilised a much more substantial usage of orchestra for
> this film. The central motif for Harry Osborn and his demonic counterpart
> was among some of Zimmer's intelligent, creepier writing. The rousing
> string section at the end of "You're That Spider Guy" was
> effective, and it's a shame that Zimmer didn't follow this path more
> often.

> Overall I'd have to give this soundtrack somewhere between 1 and a half to
> 2 stars, because while the main theme was nice, it didn't have the Elfman
> touch to it, and some truly disappointing material was instead offered.

> Clemmensen HAS begun to dismiss Zimmer,you're very right on that one. It
> is valid at some parts, but worrying on others. I am only mildly defensive
> of this soundtrack, but where others have succeeded in other
> superhero/character driven efforts, I feel that Clemmensen sinks to the
> absolute low by bringing Zimmer's name a s a comparison to negate.

While Zimmer does deserve Kudos for
> the experimentation, I feel that bringing in PharRell was a mistake.


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