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

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Re: Disagree
• Posted by: Michael McDaid   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, January 13, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
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• In Response to: Disagree (Chuskito)

> 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.

Well I think Christian was a little harsh in his review. Especially giving it only * star. But I think Hans Zimmer did miss the mark on this score. He tries to hard to overproduce things. And tried to shock the audience with noise and experiments with drums. I think this score to many times loses its emotional connection with the audience and with its character. Still there are some good cues in the score. Flight and What are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World are worth repeated listens. But some cues just miss the emotional mark like the end of Tornado, Krypton's Last, . It's a good score that manages to deliver what is expected. But could have done so much more for the film. And I disagree I think Ottman's score for Superman Returns was far better than Zimmer's Man of Steel score.

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • Disagree  (1477 views)
       Chuskito - Monday, November 11, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.
    •      Re: Disagree  (1409 views)    We're Here
         Michael McDaid - Monday, January 13, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.

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