Originally Posted by mcnooj82
I don't disagree with this, but remember that Gabriel Yared's beautiful score for TROY was nixed by audiences saying it felt too old-fashioned.
And just like that, the production brings Horner to churn his default sound out in less than two months.
So as with most things... the state of film scoring is due to a network of reasons. Composers don't have the time and support. Digital editing allows directors to edit their movies until the last minute. Audiences find a certain type of film score to be too old-fashioned (even for a sword and sandals movie???). Many directors now want the power of the Zimmer-ish sound. Some don't want melody to begin with. The ones that do don't always have enough influence to make it so.
If any audience is using 'old-fashioned' to mean Williams/Goldsmith/Shore/Horner, they're fucking dumb. I've not heard Yared's Troy score, but perhaps the test-audience used the extremely vague term 'old-fashioned' to describe the extremely subjective subject of the film's score because they felt it sounded like The Adventures of Robin Hood, Jason and the Argonauts, or The Ten Commandments.
I like a lot of Han Zimmer's stuff - and he has composed a lot of beautiful, melody heavy themes - but I think the reason directors and studios love him, his style, and his apprentices so much just now is that you can take a given track and set it over any random ten minutes in the film. You can't do that with 'The Asteroid Field', 'The Great Shark Chase', 'The Siege of Gondor' or what have you, because those composers have a finished film to score to.
If modern audiences actually object to melodic scores on 'old-fashioned' grounds, it's just another sign of the backward-ass, 'good is bad and bad is good' times we live in. "Ehhh... The old Jurassic Park is shit because the colours aren't fucking ghastly looking fake-ass extremes of lurid orange and blue... Fucking Jabba doesn't flex his skin, gyrate, twitch and fleck spittle at the camera enough for me to suspend my oh-so-sophisticated disbelief... Eeeeyeehhh, the music complements the thoughts and emotions of the characters, and ties too directly with the action on screen; does the director have so little faith in his film that he needs John Williams to tell me what to feel?".
And so on.
Originally Posted by User_32
Yeah, kind of sounds like a riff on his Mummy score.
The Mummy has a fantastic score. It's a really underrated film actually - I saw it recently for the first time in over a decade, and it succeeds at everything it's trying to do - be a fun, gruesome, exciting romp with dastardly villains and comely dames.
Edited by RexBanner - 12/2/17 at 3:30pm