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

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Re: Isn't it funny?
• Posted by: Faville   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, June 8, 2006, at 7:30 a.m.
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• In Response to: Isn't it funny? (Ethan)

> 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!

I didn't care a bit about Elfman's score (didn't like that one, either--he ripped his Batman theme from Hindemith), and was certainly looking for a complete break from anything related to the Burton et al Batman series, but there really wasn't much good about this score. I'm not as critical as the reviewer (although he put into words much of what I was thinking), but as I was watching the film I thought the score was bland, pedestrian, and much of it totally unnecessary (as in, I wish the filmmakers didn't feel the need to constantly have music running along with the film). I also felt that much of the music didn't convey the emotions or actions well on the screen.

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • Isn't it funny?  (3325 views)
       Ethan - Saturday, March 4, 2006, at 10:54 p.m.
    •      Re: Isn't it funny?  (3038 views)    We're Here
         Faville - Thursday, June 8, 2006, at 7:30 a.m.

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