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Comments about the soundtrack for Inception (Hans Zimmer)

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Re: Too bad...
• Posted by: Blake Perdue   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, August 1, 2010, at 10:17 p.m.
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• In Response to: Too bad... (Bram Brouwers)
• Now Playing: Waiting For a Train - Inception

> ... The allknowing reviewer didn't include this link between Zimmer's
> composition and the Piaf's 'kick-song' which is used throughout the movie:


Yes. I thought this was pretty obvious while viewing the film. While I appreciate that, this score as a whole wasn't correctly expressing the mood of certain scenes, and there were no themes to build on. If you think that part of the movie's score was well constructed, then more power to you. I think it's pretty cool, but that was one track out of the entire score. Everything else was derivative of his previous blockbuster formulas. I don't think that take on Piaf's song is absolutely brilliant like so many others (I'm not saying you do), because while he uses it and it's thoughtful, MUSICALLY he sticks to his dark knight rhythm layers and string staccato lines. During that climactic act, his arrangement of this track could have really been balls to the wall with not just the complexity of the music, but trying to express the emotions of each shot. The track is emotionally stationary.

The reason we appreciate Inception's(FILM) ability to ask questions and are so willing to dive into story related theory-crafting is because we can appreciate that the medium(FILM) these ideas take place in are well constructed. Nolan sets up well framed shots and surpasses most movies this year in terms of cinematography. And as filmspotting says, he weaves in many genres of film sucessfully.

The reason many on filmtracks aren't willing to give in to the concept that Zimmer's score is groundbreaking or truly deep is because the medium (score) those ideas take place in aren't that interesting. Why should we care when, really, it doesn't do its job as a film score. ie expressing what each scene NEEDED, having more themes than the two loose "dreaming/ unknown of reality" that blares for over a half an hour straight. The scene with Mal jumping was tragic, yet was hindered by the score's lack of punctuation.

Zimmer definitely put a lot of thought into this score. Just didn't put in a lot of -work- into the compositional and arrangement side of things. He may have, but many of us are just kinda disappointed that they're just not nearly as expressive and engaging as some of his much better works.

I don't think this score is -bad-. Besides it's really well mixed and feels pleasing to the ear.

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  • Too bad...  (2430 views)
       Bram Brouwers - Saturday, July 31, 2010, at 2:01 a.m.
    •      Re: Too bad...  (2342 views)    We're Here
         Blake Perdue - Sunday, August 1, 2010, at 10:17 p.m.
      •    Re: Too bad...  (2218 views)
           SmokeyPSD - Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 11:41 a.m.
        •    Re: Too bad...  (2245 views)
             GK - Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 6:38 p.m.
        •    Re: Too bad...  (2179 views)
             Blake Perdue - Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 4:10 p.m.
          •    Re: Too bad...  (2229 views)
               SmokeyPSD - Thursday, August 5, 2010, at 1:40 a.m.

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