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Comments about the soundtrack for Batman Begins (Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard)

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Re: Batman Begins Score
• Posted by: Ken   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at 1:39 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Batman Begins Score (Ivan orozco)

Yes, it truly is a shame that Elfman could not take score this film. However, I do believe that the Batman series did need a little bit of fresh air. This movie truly needed to be separate from the previous films in many fashions and having a different sound track composed was a major point on the checklist that I am glad Chris Nolan addressed. Unfortunatly, I couldn't disagree more with most of what you said afterwards. Weather Hans Zimmer has more or less experience is hardly of any consequence. It is the product, not the experience of the composer, that counts most. His score to Gladiator was original during Maximusís dying scenes, but other than that, it is (at its core) regurgitation of the final fire scene from Backdraft.

Certainly the score for Batman Begins is a lot more effective than many of Hans's recent works (minus Tears of the Sun) but to be honest, I have to agree with the main review in that Zimmer didn't properly adjust himself and, like Horner when they give him time, simply regurgitated a lot of previously written material. This, to put it quite simply, just shows how truly unoriginal Hans has become.

To take some of the pressure of this scores shortcomings off of Hans, I truly believe that the two-note motive (that serves as the primary theme) is entirely a result of James Newton Howards minimalist phase (trying to improve on his genious work on Signs.) That was one thing about the score that annoyed me the most. Only once did they even bother to change the chord when the second note was stated. This is a very lazy concept. And, while it did make for a great great moment when we first get to see a big shot of the Batcave, it still takes away from the rest of the score. Main themes that are that simplistic CANNOT be regurgitated time and time again, with no variation, and remain interesting. That is not a good product, and I truly believe that James Newton Howard should have been able to notice that the score was going in that very poor direction and put a stop to it.

Once again, I left the theater with more of a feeling of bitterness and annoyance with the score than interest and a longing for more. What I heard was one of the most over-rated film scorers and one of the truly best film scorers just doing what they wanted. It truly was Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard composing the score to Batman Begins. At least, with Danny Elfman, the main theme sounded like BATMAN composed by danny elfman. Understand the significant difference?? Danny Elfman re-invented himself as a composer while composing the original Batman Scores. And then, you have this score where neither composer makes any true effort to compose Batman. They just compose their stuff and thatís it. I understand that there is a certain amount of Zimmer or Howard to be expected whenever their name comes up on a screen. But to have a movie this good fall to the ďTitanicĒ mentality of a composer is just wrong.

These are just my feelings about the score. I hope that I havenít offended anybody with them, and I hope they serve as good food for thought.

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