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The Lion King to Interstellar: The Music of Hans Zimmer

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Strilo , Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I looked all the way back to 2007 and did not see a thread dedicated to the film scores of Hans Zimmer. I definitely feel like we need one.

    Personally, I first noticed Zimmer with his score for The Lion King, which I greatly enjoyed. It was not the lighter cartoony nature of the Menken scores before this film, but was a little darker and more serious. It was also a bit more synthesized and processed. This approach certainly impacts a lot of his scores and overall for me, he tends to be somewhat hit and miss. I do greatly enjoy some of his scores, others not so much. I enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean scores, bombastic and over the top as they might be, they are also fun. I really enjoy a lot of the Gladiator score, which I find to be his best work.

    Recently I discovered the Interstellar score and think it's fantastic. Much more understated, beautiful and rich with the organ dominating the score. To me it doesn't sound at all like "typical" Zimmer and is very unique and recognizable. I can't think of another score that sounds like Interstellar.
     
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  2. SW Saga Fan

    SW Saga Fan Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Someone made a list of the best film music composed by Hans Zimmer. Interstellar, The Dark Knght Rises and The Lion King (in which Elton John was also involved) are my favorite film music composed by Zimmer so far:

     
  3. DarthAnakin96

    DarthAnakin96 Force Ghost star 5

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    I didn't know he did the music for The Lion King! That's cool! But anyway, I love Hans Zimmer, he's actually one of my favorite composers after John Williams. His Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks are some of my favorites of his.
     
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  4. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Chosen One star 8

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    I liked Zimmer's work with John Powell on Kung Fu Panda. Great stuff, I really like the heavy Chinese influences.
     
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  5. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 6

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    The Last Samurai, The Thin Red Line and Man of Steel all have great tracks as well.
     
  6. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I hated the Man of Steel soundtrack. It took his propensity for banging bad synthesized drums to an absurd level. It actively distracted from the film, I felt, which is the worst crime a score can commit.
     
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  7. Davak24

    Davak24 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    The Dark Knight trilogy soundtrack is top notch.
     
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  8. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 6

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    Completely disagree with you on this. I could understand (although not agree) if you were talking about Inception.
     
  9. Howard Hand

    Howard Hand Jedi Master star 4

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  10. DarthAnakin96

    DarthAnakin96 Force Ghost star 5

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    He did the Prince of Egypt too? How do I not know these things!:eek::p
     
  11. themoth

    themoth Force Ghost star 5

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    Agree. His Man of Steel soundtrack is excellent, one of my favourite superhero scores.
     
  12. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    This is also one of my top Zimmer scores. Wonderful!
     
  13. Darthmaul208

    Darthmaul208 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Coincidence Lion King is on right now!
     
  14. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    There is an expanded version of that soundtrack with a few new score pieces. I really should check it out.
     
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  15. Darth Dnej

    Darth Dnej Jedi Master star 4

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    After the genius John Williams got his well-deserved and long overdue AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, I think Hans Zimmer deserves the same. The Lion King, The Prince of Egypt, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and the Kung Fu Panda Trilogy all speak for themselves.
    I don't feel like enough people talk about his work in Kung Fu Panda. "Oogway Ascends" and "Po Finds the Truth" are extremely powerful.
    Additionally, The Lion King might be the greatest film score of all-time to me. It's just a work of genius and it's so haunting, hopeful, and thrilling throughout its many pieces.
     
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  16. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I would not put Hans Zimmer the next in line after Williams. Goldsmith, Horner, Morricone, Silvestri, they all deserve it before Zimmer.
     
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  17. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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  18. KyleKartan

    KyleKartan Jedi Grand Master star 3

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    Id add James Newton Howard or Alexandre Deplast.

    I've seen the new Dune last week and the score wasnt my taste at all. It all just was like noises and sounds. No melodies for the most part. Only the "theme" was kind of a melodie.

    It was better with Bond though. But for me Zimmer is a hit and miss. There are film composers for me who are way better then him.
     
  19. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    This is exactly how I felt about his Man of Steel score. But when he nails it (Interstellar), he REALLY nails it.
     
  20. ewoksimon

    ewoksimon Force Ghost star 4

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    Zimmer's probably become too prolific and subsequently often imitated, but he's unquestionably left his mark among modern composers. The Lion King, The Thin Red Line, Inception and Interstellar are my favorites of his. And he can even churn out amazing pieces from otherwise mediocre or forgettable films.

    This one from The DaVinci Code immediately comes to mind:

     
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  21. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Gladiator too. Excellent score.
     
  22. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Chosen One star 8

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    Prince of Egypt is my favourite Zimmer score. That Burning Bush theme alone is one of the best themes in anything ever :)
     
  23. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Oh yes, I am a huge fan of Prince of Egypt.
     
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  24. bstnsx704

    bstnsx704 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    As someone that is usually not overly fond of Zimmer... man, his Dune score really delivers. Especially the themes associated with the Bene Gesserit.
     
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  25. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I look forward to the film, after which I will check out the score.
     
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