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| Posted by Nate U |
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006, at 3:50 p.m.
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In Response to: I would agree that POTC 2 is lazy, however.... (Doug C.)
> 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.
This score is growing on me a lot, as well. At first Da Vinci sounded a little like Hannibal-lite but its really more of a grand and cohesive version of it...
> 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
And so Zimmer delivers his sound...but at least its his, man! Its uniquely Zimmer, simplistic on technical terms and all. But on Zimmer's own "terms" Pirates 2 has some excellent phrasing and conceptual ideas, mostly in the first three tracks. At least I really like the music.
> 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.)
Matchstick Men is one of Zimmer's most overlooked scores of the alst decade. Its really just brimming with elaborate creativity for a film you wouldn't imagine it in. The Ring's score, complex or not, has an exceptionally strong musical identity for a jumpy little hollywood horror movie...I mean, how many more people remember Zimmer's Ring score than people do the number of efforts John Ottman has done for the genre?
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