Posted by: Jan Sælid <Send E-Mail> Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2001, at 6:48 p.m. IP Address: mp-217-199-22.daxnet.no
To make a simple start - this album is an easy-listener - heavy on dramatics and in a way, pompous - but hey, what could one expect? An american action-man born to save the european continent from the crazy son of Ceasar? In a time when the americans where sucking on dipers...or perhaps...longing for
continents....(or french-speaking for that matter..)
The film wants to be a hybrid. Action, history, greek drama and...MTV lurking somewhere in the camera-crew. This is the movie and the score follows this premise actually in a quite admirable way. Zimmer manages to combine the elements of history and the need for contemporary sound. With invaluable talented help from Lisa Gerrard and Klaus Badelt.
I said the album was an easy-listener. That's a lie. It's a heavy shiny armour filled with strings, choirs, ethnics, and samplers. The film is big, the score follows this. And the way Zimmer combines all the elements is very good. It's a score for a big picture and that's what you get, with some minimalistic surprises on the way.
In the end. This is a good score. You can't judge a score without the movie. It happens to often on this site. Like the the score for The Matrix. It's almost impossible to listen to, but it is also, almost, the perfect companion for the movie. If you think Gladiator was a good movie you will not dislike the score. They are close friends.