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

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Isn't it funny?
• Posted by: Ethan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, March 4, 2006, at 10:54 p.m.
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Isn't it funny that the review writer on this website can't recognize originality when he sees it. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's work in Batman Begins is so utterly original, it isn't funny. I can see that people can get all caught up with the cartoonish, unrealistic, clearly not powerful themes from the original Batmans. But come on, you can't say that this new batman is not powerful, can you? I certainly can't. As much as i'd like to say that, i can't, i can't overcome the power of Hans Zimmer's music. Can you? Or are you just one of those people who like to see music in movies the way they were 17-18 years ago? I want to make one thing VERY clear. The year as it currently is, is 2006. Ergo, we are living in the 21st century. Henceforth, it is only natural that movie music is not the same as it was in the 20th century. Hans Zimmer brings life to all of the movies that he scores. That's a fact. And with James Newton Howard on his team, they created a great score filled with power and originality. I love that both of these very very original composers could work together on a movie. I had been hoping for it ever since i listened to the academy award winning score of Gladiator, and the academy award nominated score of The Village. Both worthy of many awards. Now finally, moviegoers can enjoy a dark, SERIOUS movie, with a dark SERIOUS score. The original batmans are simply too happily dark, and cartoonish, not serious at all. Now we're back to the whole, 21st century thing. PEOPLE DON'T CARE FOR CARTOONISH MUSIC ANYMORE. Period. period period PERIOD. I mean, just look at all the movies that have been coming out, all of the movies you would expect to be childish and humorus are becoming more and more serious. With this drastic change in movie making, there must also be a drastic change in movie music. Danny Elfman, i think, wouldn't have been able to cope with that. I know it would have been pretty cool to here what would have become the great original batman themes, but i don't think it would have suited this movie. Perhaps if the movie was completly defferent and had more comedy in it, Danny Elfman would be the one. But Danny Elfman has a problem with seriousness. I don't know why, but all of his music seems to be this kind of playfully mystery. This movie is SERIOUS and DARK. No way would that kind of music be fitting. Every composer has their one league, and this is not Danny Elfman's, it belings to composers that can tell the story of the movie in the mood that the filmaker sets for it. And that's the ultimatum right there. It doesn't belong to just the composer to set the mood of the movie, ever. Otherwise, we might as well go back to radio plays. The composer's job is to tell the story of the movie, and Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard did a superb job!

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       Ethan - Saturday, March 4, 2006, at 10:54 p.m.

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