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Comments about the soundtrack for Man of Steel (Hans Zimmer/Various)

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• Posted by: Chuskito   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, November 11, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.
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Before addressing the reason for my subject line, I will say this: I do agree that the "farm" motif is lost in this score. I also find it silly to have included a Stradivarius in a track that ends up burying any tonal quality of the instrument by overwhelming it with other instruments.

Having said that, I find this review to be overly critical of the material for the wrong reasons. While John Williams' score is as iconic is they come, this score delivers brilliantly and effectively. It seems much of the criticism is directed at what Hans has claimed publicly over what the actual score demonstrates, and I totally agree. Maybe his idea of things conveyed is perhaps off the mark with what we expect when it comes to themes of American farmland spirit and such; however, when it comes to the language of this film, Zimmer was a hundred percent in sync. It is true that there is really no romantic motif for Lois, and what is meant for Zod is not a personal represantation of Zod. I like to think of the majority of the score as Clark's reaction to everything that is going on around him, and his personal revelations. This is not so much a superhero film as it is a science fiction film, and Zimmer absolutely provided the backbone that sets this film apart from the others. While the original film and score spoke about "Truth, Justice and the American way", this film is more about a personal journey, revelation and choice.

I completely disagree that somebody like Michael Giacchino or John Ottman would be better suited to score this movie. Ottman, I feel, is too green and goes for the more obvious cues that can be distracting (something I noticed in both Superman Returns and X2). Michael Giacchino is absolutely amazing and created a wonderful theme in Star Trek, but his musical language would not have meshed with this film. This is a brooding film and does lend itself to plenty of existential contemplation (contrary to what is stated early in this review). The score was a great ride and felt incredibly uplifting.

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  •   Disagree  (1486 views)    We're Here
       Chuskito - Monday, November 11, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.
    •    Re: Disagree  (1416 views)
         Michael McDaid - Monday, January 13, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.

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