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Comments about the soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer/Various)

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Re: The Last Straw
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• Posted by: Jack
• Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 6:05 p.m.
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• In Response to: The Last Straw (Miles)
Message Edited: Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 6:24 p.m.

> I do not believe that the music for this trilogy will ever truly eclipse,
> for example, John Williams' "Superman" anthem, but I think that
> this deserves more consideration beyond
> "it-is-a-superhero-film-therefore-it-must-be-scored-like-this."
> Zimmer's music does not soar as Horner's or Williams' does, but I feel
> that it does speak to a more visceral aspect of the listener's spirit. It
> embodies Batman's single-minded commitment to justice rather than
> "duality." Moreover, a theme need not be "complex" in
> order to have worth--The Joker's wailing strings, Bane's chant and, not
> least, Catwoman's leitmotif, do an admirable job at encompassing the
> elemental nature of their characters. Zimmer's music for these films may
> not be great art, but it is very effective at communicating with the
> listener on a primal level. The driving rhythms of "Imagine the
> Fire," for instance, insinuate themselves into the psyche during that
> track's runtime, pulling them to their feet and saying "Listen! Feel
> the desperation of the moment!"

While a lovely and flowery polemic, you have done none of the objective analysis a review is supposed to convey at all beyond describing your feelings purely on a base level. If you're going to tell me the theme represents duality (beyond the almost grade school level idea of two notes = two sides = duality) then you're going to have to prove it.

What I read was essentially a mostly boring rant complied of previous ( did I mention boring?) arguments which are essentially a complied like an apologia, to explain why you like Hans Zimmer and you are the one who understands him only, and that kind of logic comes off like a heart sick teenage girl defending Justin Bieber's music with steel and cutlass from enemy word slingers, because the music is not "high art" but "effective." These are both un-provable since 1. you most likely haven't seen the film yet thereby it is not yet possibly to prove its effectiveness and 2. you need to define what high art is.

It helps any reviewer to have a working knowledge of music plus an awareness of Hans Zimmer's track record, as Christian has probably listened to every score he composed thereby begin able to pick out what ideas originate from where, and being able to analyze the music, which he does. Plus, critics are an opinion, I still am dumbfounded as how people lack so much self confidence and get butt-hurt when someone else doesn't like a score that you hold dear.

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • The Last Straw  (4925 views)
       Miles - Monday, July 16, 2012, at 11:13 p.m.
    •      Re: The Last Straw  (4526 views)    We're Here
         Jack - Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 6:05 p.m.
    •    Re: The Last Straw  (4434 views)
         Solaris - Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 3:30 a.m.
    •    Re: The Last Straw  (4454 views)
         B. Ross - Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 2:46 a.m.

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