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Comments about the soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer/Various)
My thoughts, for what they're worth

Ken Applegate
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My thoughts, for what they're worth   Wednesday, September 26, 2012 (6:15 p.m.) 

I'm not going to go on any bashing fests of either Hans or Christian.
But I think that, since 2007, the overall quality of Hans's work has just skyrocketed. The big complaints that I saw/heard from 2003-2006 were how terribly repetitive and unoriginal his scores had become and how his sound rarely changed (presumably due to the formulaic approach of the media ventures method.) After hearing many of his scores during that time period, I agreed with those assessments.
But, when I saw the first Sherlock Holmes movie, I was SO pleasantly surprised at what I heard because it was a style that was miles and miles from what I knew of as his norm. And then, after scratching my head at the Batman Begins score, he validated his approach by evolving the material with The Dark Knight. Then came Inception which was delightfully visceral and just menacing as hell, despite its simplistic themes. And now, there is Dark Knight Rises which brings over just enough material to keep the film connected with the other two, but has some really good new material too. He rocks the 5/4 time signature backing the chant and the low-instrument theme (Gotham's Reckoning, a little after 1:10) which are both relentless in their forward momentum. And even his bombastic ascending chromatic theme (The Fire Rises, about 1:15 in) does a great deal to showcase this enemy as bordering on unstopbable. I also am a fan of the Catwoman theme. It's a good showcase of the forced elegance the character is required to act with in order to not die AND, harmonically, it's locked in to a very specific chord progression that it has to have in order to work correctly which, to me, communicates the characters feeling of being pushed down somebody else's path with no way out.
Again, I mean nobody any disrespect, but I really think that this score was much much better than the rating it was given.
Like the subject says, my thoughts for what they're worth.

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