Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Simpsons fan and someone who thinks that Homer Simpson may well be the second coming, but the movie was so broken. Hans Zimmer's wonderful score makes it just about tolerable and gives it that extra punch it needed. Avoiding his usual synthy sound and bombastics, Zimmer instead uses a large orchestra and creates new themes and melodies, playing down Danny Elfman's famous theme and giving the movie a signature of its own, and delivers a very warm and infectious score.
Of particular note is Lisa's Theme, written for her by Colin in the movie. It's such a sweet melody that echoes vintage Goldsmith of the 80s. Sadly, as with most Zimmer-arranged albums, it's not complete and chronological so it is not featured as its own individual track here, but you'll find it most prominently in "Doomsday is Family Time". The album has been overshadowed by the Spider-pig theme, but don't let that distract you, there's a lot of great stuff on here, it's just a shame it wasn't arranged as featured in the movie. A brilliant remix of the main theme is featured at the end with a fun track called "Recklessly Impulsive".
I wish that this score got more recognition. It never gets boring and honestly couldn't have complimented the movie better, but it seems to have been lost in the shuffle of Zimmer's more popular works.
Hans Zimmer is certainly a good sountrack composer and he's done the job well here, but I don't feel the music on its own is anything special really. I mainly wanted to hear the Spider Pig track which always makes me laugh. So unless you really loved the music when you saw the movie, or are a very big Simpsons fan then there's not much here really. I expect when I've seen the movie a few more times it will be nice to listen to the soundtrack and be reminded of the various funny parts though.