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Comments about the soundtrack for Inception (Hans Zimmer)

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Music is a perfect fit
• Posted by: Drew   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, March 28, 2011, at 9:05 a.m.
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Reviews should never have an attacking nature. By the tone, it would seem Zimmer slept with the reviewers wife and then called him to brag about it. Seriously, Zimmer isn't my favorite, but his music certainly has a place in modern day movie scoring. He does have a certain style that seems to repeat itself over and over but every composer has stylistic tendencies that are repeated from score to score. Usually, beyond a certain age, movie scorers do fall into a stylistic groove. Rarely do composers beyond the age of 50 reinvent themselves and provide something totally fresh. Look at Horner, Elfman, Williams, Barry, & Goldsmith. Their truly fresh and innovative works came early in their careers and then they got settled in and just started to stylistically repeat themselves.

I don't give credit to this reviewer because his reviews tend to be based more on his personal likes/dislikes rather than how the music enhances or detracts from the film. The music for Inception does fit like a glove. Thematically, its certainly not the most complex in its ideas but it does what it is meant to do...which is to get you emotionally involved in the film. Who cares if its overly processed, blah blah blah. Those are personal preferences and have really no place in a review. If you want to hear the trumpet, well, you should have called up Nolan and volunteered to score the film. What I don't understand is how you (the reviewer) liken the film to a stand alone concert piece but give a lower score for it on the album. Shouldn't the higher score been given to it as presented on the album if it works so well by itself.

I guess what really gets me is this reviewer not being remotely consistent in his criticism or reviews. Horner got 5 stars for the "greatest hits" self rip compilation that was Avatar but the Goldsmith score to Poltergeist, an innovative, lush, and harmonic masterpiece got 4? Arnolds score to the Dawn Treader got 5 and it had so many references to Casino Royale that I thought I was listening to that score at times. I'm not saying that Zimmer deserved 5 stars for Inception. I personally would have given it 3.5. However, I come to this site to read reviews and not have to try to sift through a rant fest to find the actual score review.

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