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

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• Posted by: Solaris   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 3:30 a.m.
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• In Response to: The Last Straw (Miles)

> Dear Mr. Clemmensen:

> As a film music aficionado, I have very few sources to rely on for updates
> and recommendations. I have vistied your site and others regularly, and
> probably will continue to in the future. For those times I have disagreed
> with what you or other reviewers have written, I have kept my thoughts to
> myself, recognizing your opinions as just that--opinions. However, this
> review has compelled me to drop my two cents in and offer up some defense
> of The Dark Knight Saga's music. And before you write me off as a lunatic
> "fanboy," allow me to say that I also own (and greatly enjoy)
> James Horner's "Spider-Man" score.

> 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!"

> Consider also the film for which the score was written.
> "Batman," and "The Avengers," and "The Amazing
> Spider-Man" are progressively more "realisitc" in their
> tone, but their balletic action sequences and fantastic technology still
> remind viewers of their comic-book origins. Nolan eschewed this approach
> for his trilogy, trying to make the universe he created as gritty and as
> grounded in the real world as possible. I do not think that the music for
> films which take this approach ought to hit the listener over the head
> with its "comic-bookiness" as Elfman's did in 1989, or Horner's
> did a month prior. This is not a bad thing, mind you--just a tonally
> inappropriate one for these particular films. Perhaps Zimmer has become
> complacent, as you say, but I hold hope that a respite from The Dark
> Knight films will allow him to provide "Man of Steel" with a
> score which suits its tone and approach, just as he has here.

If you just had ended your rant here... alas, you did not.

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • The Last Straw  (4639 views)
       Miles - Monday, July 16, 2012, at 11:13 p.m.
    •    Re: The Last Straw  (4233 views)
         Jack - Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 6:05 p.m.
    •      Re: The Last Straw  (4148 views)    We're Here
         Solaris - Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 3:30 a.m.
    •    Re: The Last Straw  (4166 views)
         B. Ross - Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 2:46 a.m.

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