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Has the score to Gladiator aged well?

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A few years ago when this movie came out, it obviously sparked a trend where other similar or even unrelated films went crazy with wailing lady music. If it was a film with some Middle Eastern bent, it was pretty much guaranteed. And even the fuckin' X-Files and Star Wars did it briefly! They must have thought they were being all postmodern or some shit and that it'd sound more "timeless", but I dunno about that really.

 

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the movie immensely, and I used to get a kick out of the score when I was able to listen to music, but does anyone else reckon this one has aged well?

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Just now, Richard said:

I hate to be a naysayer, but the score for GLADIATOR, like the film it acompanies, is shite. Always has been, always will be.

Sorry.

I didn't want to intrude here just to say I only saw the film once, barely got through it, only because I was going to a Zimmer concert with Lisa Gerrard as the feature presentation. What I remember from the score apart from the song at the end and some wailing is Mars and weak PotC precursors.

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It's aged the same as any other Zimmer score from that era, that is to say not very well, as far as its aesthetic design goes. All of Zimmer's scores will in turn suffer from this problem, since he has a strong preference for cutting edge synth and sampling. The time eventually comes when any computer processed music comes to sound like a product of its time; as apposed to a more traditional and 'timeless' acoustic approach.

 

Regardless, I still am able to enjoy a great deal of Zimmer on the music's own terms, same as I can still enjoy 80s ditties or whatever else like it.

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7 hours ago, Cherry Pie That'll Kill Ya said:

it obviously sparked a trend where other similar or even unrelated films went crazy with wailing lady music.

 

Urgh, don’t remind me. That and the Duduk for everything vaguely Middle Eastern. Who would have thought one could have his fill of such a beautiful instrument so quickly?

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Another copycat thread?

- the VS threads

- unpopular opinions

- honestly I prefer this over that

- has something aged well?

We've had enough copycat thread waves (CTW)!

 

PS: I'm sorry for triggering at least half of them.

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On 9/23/2018 at 11:44 PM, Stefancos said:

I only like it in The Russia House.

I hate that I had to check and make sure I wasn't going to be the first to reference the Goldsmith score. Damn it, I thought I was about to contribute a clever and witty comment in this thread! You've destroyed my dreams! Now no one will ever love me!

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Seems to depend on the day of the week what opinions on a particular score are.

 

I don't think it's dated at all and I've never really seen the Holst references as much more than JW's classical lifts. He probably used synths in a few places where a full orchestra would've helped (like Pirates 3) but they're not used in a way that sticks it in a time period.

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I just showed and explained why it's such a crucial score in a lecture here on the west coast of Norway. Such a tremendous score, with such a tremendous influence. All the criticicms I read in this thread (as with most Zimmer threads on JWFAN) just brush off me. I love it.

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On 9/24/2018 at 5:44 AM, Stefancos said:

I only like it in The Russia House.

It's also pretty good, in PASSION.

 

 

 

On 9/27/2018 at 8:48 PM, kaseykockroach said:

It's been forever since I last listened to Lion King. I wonder if I'd still like it...as I recall, it's the only thing I like about the movie besides Zazu. 

Zasu, comment allez vous? There's a knock on the door, in the night.

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On 9/23/2018 at 8:36 PM, Richard said:

I hate to be a naysayer, but the score for GLADIATOR, like the film it acompanies, is shite. Always has been, always will be.

Sorry.

 

This time, I agree.

 

 

(even though it is 'accompanies' and not 'acompanies', Richard. :znaika:)

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