What you don't understand is the meaning of the word "swashbuckle". Pirate movies are usually remembered for their adventurous scores that adore the film. In POTC's case, we don't get that. We get the same stuff heard on other MV synthesized scores. This was a big opportunity wasted by 8 composers! [I still own the CD for Underwater March] Alan Silvestri would have graced the film with something rip-roarious like The Mummy Returns but we'll never know for sure. Luckily, Hans will head the next two projects. [Crossing fingers] Maybe he'll pull off another Muppet Treasure Island score only with more "swash and buckle." [I hope he uses some real instruments . . .]
> They chide Badelt for not using the Disneyland Pirates ride as an
> inspiration for the music of the movie... Did these critics even *see* the
> movie before saying such a thing? I mean, the pirates depicted in the ride
> aren't anything like the cursed, undead pirates of the film. Therefore,
> using the music of the ride as inspiration for the music of the movie
> would be inappropriate. Basically, I think these critics have an agenda
> against Hans Zimmer and they prejudged this soundtrack to fit that agenda.
> I, however, like this soundtrack quite a bit.