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Hans....why the hollering?
on 24 January 2004
Hans Zimmer is one of today’s foremost film composers and like others such as Goldsmith, Horner or Williams, his work is always unique. The contrast between The Rock, Gladiator, Hannibal and Black Hawk Down illustrate this clearly.
The Last Samurai is no except – the themes emote meditation at times, and heart-felt excitement at others. This score is a must for any Zimmer fan.
I would make two criticisms though:
1) In the soundtrack for The Rock, for example, Zimmer majestically interwove several different themes to accentuate the various characters. This created great contrast throughout the CD. I must admit that The Last Samurai is somewhat repetitive.
2) I was appalled at the sacrilege in Red Warrior which contains arguably the best sequence of the CD. Why, oh why, did Zimmer decide to add the hollering of an indiscriminate rabble over would have been sublime if left to itself?
Other than these pernickety points, its an excellent score, but not his best.