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What happened?

joe
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What happened?   Wednesday, October 10, 2001 (5:50 p.m.) 

It was disappointing to finally hear the music in the film when I saw it...
coming right off of Gladiator, which was a phenomenal achievement (should have won for best score) and after hearing the powerful original music in the trailers, I came in with high expectations. Unfortunately by the sound of the music it was painfully obvious what had happened- either he didn't take enough time with the music or he created a theme which, decent by itself, couldn't be made into anything of greatness. I think both may be true here. It's not his worst score, but I think he could have at least used a theme closer to that in the trailers, at least for dramatic action sequences. It was almost a shock to hear the music in the trailers totally transformed-- downgraded even-- into the music in the film. As for the love theme- it was severely lacking in emotion- it could only pull you in if you let it.

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Re: What happened?   Friday, October 12, 2001 (12:09 p.m.) 

I hope I don't come off as mean to who wrote this comment and I mean no disrespect, but everyone is missing the point. The trailer to the film was an eye catcher, and it did it's job well. But the score had to go with the movie. While I think the movie wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be, It was still a film that I have seen a couple times. Zimmer's theme blew me away. People are getting to pissy with scores today. Why can't you just listen to the score and think of it as entertain ment.

PS. If a film composer like Williams or Goldsmith had composed this, you people would all be drooling over it. I love Williams and Goldsmith, but I think they give the new age a bad rap.

ZIMMER RULES!!!!

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Re: What happened?   Saturday, October 13, 2001 (8:43 a.m.) 

I know what you mean when you say people are too pissy. I agree, and try not to be usually. But I can't think of this score as entertainment because, to me, it's not entertaining. Just a difference of opinion. I like Zimmer, as well as Williams and I love Horner, but I don't even come close to liking everything they do. No, if Williams or Goldsmith, or even Horner, had written this I would still consider it below what they are capable of. The trailer was an ear-catcher too, and I think some of it could have gone with the movie. I don't know how much actually did, but it wasn't enough. thanks for writing though, I appreciate it.

P.S. I know you think Zimmer rules and with good reason, but (I dont know if you read his thoughts just a week or two before the score was to be finished and he still didn't have a theme.... I think it was at the top of this webpage) don't defend him at all costs you know. I don't even think Zimmer was incredibly pleased with this score... it's possible, no?



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Re: What happened?   Sunday, December 9, 2001 (2:38 p.m.) 

> it...
coming right off of Gladiator, which was a phenomenal
> achievement (should have won for best score) and after hearing the
> powerful original music in the trailers, either he didn't take enough time with the music

I very strongly disagree with your comments. Although clearly this is not Zimmer's greatest work,(nor is Gladiator for that matter) it is far from a copy of Gladiator. I have heard a great deal of Han Zimmer's music, everything from Thin Red Line to Prince of Egypt, and I strongly feel this to be merely true to his usual style, something which every good composer has. As far as the trailers go, usually those aren't even the music for the movie. For example, the trailer for Planet of the Apes used Independence Day's theme and Castaway used Braveheart. It's quite obvious that the Pearl Harbor trailer music was not meant for the film since it sounds nothing like Zimmer.

p.s.- although good, there is no way Gladiator would have or should have won for best score. There were plenty others, like Patriot and Perfect Storm, which were equally good or better. From how your tone sounds, Gladiator will become like Gettysburg, were it is good but not worthy of the glory its fans give it.

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