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Comments about the soundtrack for The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard)

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Re: How can a score for a film that is rated so highly be considered this bad?
• Posted by: Neverland   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, August 21, 2008, at 12:04 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: How can a score for a film that is rated s... (Dogan Bilge)

> It really isn't exactly a film which has to carry an emotional depth. I
> don't actually think Nolan's intention was for people to feel really sorry
> for Batman at any point, it's after all not a real drama, it's a crime
> thriller and a comic book based one. The movie was really good but not
> emotional anywhere. And I think the music functioned the most simple way
> at an isolated emotional scene in the movie. I tend to agree with
> Goldwasser review here that this music was rather clever sound design
> after all, which Nolan really wanted, as less thematic presence as
> possible and as much blending into the sound as possible. If you saw the
> film on IMAX, the music was extremely nice to hear in every scene, it was
> very loudly mixed in and it really blended well with the rest of the
> sound. I was getting a small chill every time I heard Joker's tone. When I
> think about the music, adding more thematic material or any kind of
> progression towards the end isn't exactly what would make it better. I
> wished Nolan decided to use more music in action sequences so there was
> more action underscore on the album. That's the only thing I'd add to this
> album to make it a 4 star value, not better themes. It wouldn't work on
> this film.

You people's perception of emotion must be seriously warped if you fail to see evidence of it in The Dark Knight. Leaving the theater weaping isn't emotion. That chill you felt is emotion. Being connected to the characters, the story, to Gotham, to the multifaceted symbolism...that is emotion and Nolan is master at creating such atmosphere for a story.

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