Posted by: a mildly concerned fellow composer Date: Monday, May 28, 2001, at 12:08 a.m. IP Address: 126.96.36.199
I just got back from "Pearl Harbor" and felt like killing myself throughout the whole 3 hour movie, it was that bad. The movie AND the score. But that's another post.
About Gladiator...I was just reading some of the praise Zimmer received, and the insistence that he should've won an Oscar. For one thing, I don't think anyone should be able to win an Oscar who does the same damn thing EVERY SINGLE TIME he/she makes a movie (acting, directing, scoring, whatever). All of Zimmer's scores sound the same, and I would imagine that the Academy types who make these decisions notice these things.
Secondly...historical inaccuracy. Not as big a deal, maybe, but to anyone with musical training, REALLY annoying... for instance, there's a scene where we're being taken into the coliseum for the start of a match and the fanfare opens with a perfect fifth followed by a minor second (or 1-5-b6). Brass instruments couldn't play outside a single harmonic series even in the 1700's, much less in Roman times. The fanfare they were playing was simply not possible.