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• Posted by Doug C.
• Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at 6:50 a.m.
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• In Response to: James Southall's review for PotC 2 is spot-on. (Christian Kühn)

Da Vinci Code is the best score I have heard in several years. In fact, the score rises above the film. Just listen to the beauty of track 9. Much of it is unlike anything I have ever heard from Zimmer.

POTC 2, both the film and score, are mindless and lazy popcorn entertainment. I don't think Zimmer would argue with this statement. The film did not deserve any better than what Zimmer gave it, as the film was entirely derivative itself. Bruckheimer likes a certain sound and demands it.

I think you can't bash Zimmer, when he does some truly unique stuff for films that deserve it. For instance, Matchstick Men was not a popcorn film, so Zimmer decided to summon a little Nino Roto. And you have to give credit to Zimmer for truly elevating The Ring from being a standard horror score. When was the last time a composer put so much complexity into a HORROR FILM! Even Jerry Goldsmith's cherished score to The Omen was not even as complex. (A score which I admittedly dislike.)

People who give Zimmer a hard time really either have short term memory, or do not look at his entire body of work. Hell, people still bring up the Peacemaker as if thats the only thing he has ever done. Yes he does "copy" himself, but only when it is appropriate.

You can't tell me that the Horners, Williams, Elfmans, and Newmans of the world don't consistently make scores that sound similiar.


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