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Comments about the soundtrack for Inception (Hans Zimmer)

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Re: Too bad...
• Posted by: SmokeyPSD   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 11:41 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Too bad... (Blake Perdue)
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> 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.

Quite honestly your reply just comes off as a snob, seriously. so it was obvious to you that it was a feature of the soundtrack... So? He enjoyed the mechanism of the slowed tune, obvious or not, what difference does it make. You may have found that the score didn't suit the mood and tone of the scenes in the film, that's all fine and dandy but come on? Is your opinion really gospel or really matter that much? There are a great many other people, who would differ with you, are you saying they don't "understand" film music, or even film as much as you? I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm attacking you, I guess I'm aiming this more at just the community at large at filmtracks, because some people need a real wake up call.

I've been around filmtracks for quite awhile now and I'm by no means a Hans Zimmer follower, but it's really starting to get my goat this elitist bull that is starting to be prevalent on filmtracks now on here that it's cool to hate on him and others. I actually found the score for Inception fantastic and quite honestly, I haven't cared for many scores of late, I was looking forward to Predators with Debney even though I wanted Silvestri to do it still but even that was pretty mediocre. The point is that film writing is in a pretty big slump right now and what good is it achieving this antisocial atmosphere on this website to boot?

Inception provided an interesting soundscape to it all and quite a few moments i was intrigued by it while I was watching the film, that's more than can be said for so many films for the past 3 years. In the end though that's neither here nor there, whatever happened to giving respect to one another and eachothers differing opinions on the 1 interest we share, film scores.

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • Too bad...  (2430 views)
       Bram Brouwers - Saturday, July 31, 2010, at 2:01 a.m.
    •    Re: Too bad...  (2341 views)
         Blake Perdue - Sunday, August 1, 2010, at 10:17 p.m.
      •      Re: Too bad...  (2218 views)    We're Here
           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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