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Comments about the soundtrack for Spider-Man (Danny Elfman)

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Re: Danny Elfman did it again
• Posted by: craig   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, July 2, 2004, at 11:36 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Danny Elfman did it again (Brandon Tanner)

> You are quite correct. Elfman has certainly not been using the same score
> for over a decade. Nightmare Before Christmas and Men in Black are good
> examples. Though I hold Nightmare Before Christman to be Elfman's best
> work.

> Truth be told, if ANYONE is starting to repeat themselves these days its
> Horner. I wish he would do something besides sappy drama, but oh well, I'm
> a Horner fan and turn a blind eye for the most part

Not to piss off all the Danny Elfman fans out there but I really wish they could find someone else to score a comic book film. I do not have a musical background and I am sure Elfman is astonishinly talented and all that however, I do have a passion for comics and I do have a passion for film and Elfman must be stopped. Not being a soundtrack afficianoto, the only composers I can usually recognize blind are John Williams, Phillip Glass and Danny Elfman. The thing with Elfman is I hear the music start and it's too jarring like nails against a chalkboard. Often, I'll go into a film cold and within seconds of the opening find myself thinking "oh, christ, another Danny Elfman score". Every soundtrack he does establishes the same mood for me and I find myself unable to shake the feeling that I'm watching Batman again. At worst a film score should be unobtrusive and at best enhance the film. Elfman constantly drags me back to that goth Tim Burton LOUD opening, childrens choir singing loo, loo, loo sameness which is particularly disheartening while watching a hollywood film which will no doubt suffer from tedious cliches apart from the soundtrack. It's like after Blade Runner how tons of sci fi flicks had to adopt a similar look whether it was appropriate or not. I really don't fault Elfman in this, he has a distinctive style. I just don't think this style is appropriate to every fantasy, sci fi, comic book film. Shake it up a bit. For the record, my favourite soundtrack in the past few years was from Ravenous, very cool, but I don't want to hear at at the next 100 films I see.

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