Black Pearl isn't swashbuckling because most of it is comprised of abrasive militarized music, derived from Zimmer's previous military scores (The Rock, Crimson Tide, Peace Maker, etc). The slight alteration in instrumentation and excessive, sudden use of unisons are not enough to change what the music, essentially, already is.
Silverstri suppiled an amazing swashbuckling score to The Mummy Returns, which I didn't associate at all with '40's film music. I think his score was much more innovative and complex. Perhaps people associate swashbuckling music with old film music because there is a lack of it in contemporary swashbuckling films, like POTC.
Disney's and Bruckheimer's decision to go with Zimmer was a huge mistake. But, I recently read an article in which someone stated that a woman started crying at the Zimmer scoring session because of "how beautiful" she thought it was...
> No...because he's not John Debney. He's not Alan Silvestri. He's not
> Korngold. If you had Debney or Silvestri write scores for POTC (the
> initials could be used for another Debney score ), chances are they
> would write different-sounding scores. The sound in POTC is Zimmer's
> sound. If they didn't want Zimmer's sound,they wouldn't have hired Zimmer.
> And anything but Zimmer's sound wouldn't be all that popular with the
> franchise's target audience. Obviously, if it sounded like it was coming
> from the forties like many seem to want, it wouldn't sell much at all.
> And I'm still trying to figure out why Black Pearl isn't swash-buckling.
> Oh well...
> And this has been another inarticulate post from Cheno.