Hans Zimmer
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


2.0
poor

Review

by Scott M. Baldwin USER (128 Reviews)
January 20th, 2013 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just like the writers of the multi-million dollar Pirates franchise, Hans Zimmer is running out of ideas.

When it was announced that a fourth Pirates film was going to be made, the small portion of the world that still cared about the franchise braced themselves for a disaster. With a decidedly mixed attitude towards the second and third films in the franchise, and with Gore Verbinki's absence, it only seemed likely that On Stranger Tides would not make as big an impression as the previous films in the franchise. And sadly, the audience was right. On Stranger Tides was just as bad as anticipated, and existed for no other reason than to promote the 3D technology, which was also hideously used as well. And suitably, Hans Zimmer's score reflected just how bad the film was.

Hans is no doubt a fantastic composer, however, in recent times, his recycling as become a bit too obvious. A number of pieces from the score from The Dark Knight seem to be recycled from some of his eighties works, but it's excusable since the score is too darned excellent for its own good anyway. Hans even delivered some of his finest work with Inception, which was some of his freshest and most original work to date, while still containing the "BWOOOOOOOONNNNNGGGGG"s that are Zimmer's trademarks, and some of his others too. But it's all to clear here that he set the bar too high for himself with Inception, and that he has only existing works to use.

Perhaps the biggest problem with On Stranger Tides is that every second song sounds exactly the same. We've already heard stuff like "Guilty of Being Innocent of Jack Sparoow" and "Palm Tree Escape" before, and it's already been done in his previous works. Rodrigo Y Gabriella make a few appearances here, but are limited to mostly Spanish guitar works. I love Spanish guitar as much as the next guy, but all of them are so dull and lacking in any excitement whatsoever. And when the Spanish guitar bits do shine ("Angelica", for instance), they're given a limited time and don't really amount to anything. There is one track that redeems it however, the eight minute "Mermaids". It's one incredibly creepy track that is sure to give people chills, and has an unsettling atmosphere from the first note to the last. The chanting adds a mystical air, and towards the end, it gets epic and finishes in a grand fashion. Problem is, it's the one new track, and the rest is all stuff from the previous films. In addition, all the original music on this album is thirty five minutes. If you discounted all the pointless remixes, you have thirty five minutes of actual film score, and while it's also insulting that a number of cues from the actual film aren't included, sadly they aren't much to write home about either. Most of them are recycled Zimmer's score for Clash of the Titans, and they weren't even good the first time either.

So, if you're a fan of the previous films' scores, good for you, and I'm sure you'll find enjoyment in this as well, but for the rest of us film score enthusiasists, there really is no need to rush out and buy this. You'll already feel guilty having it in your iPod or whatever MP3 device you have, as too much of it is stuff you most likely already have. While the music may fit the film, it also must stand out in its own, and the score simply fails in that regard as well.



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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2013


15749 Comments


WUN PURR DAYE PLEEZ!!

TheMoonchild
January 20th 2013


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2013


55299 Comments


Super overrated movies

Digging: Khmer - Larga Sombra

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2013


15749 Comments


oh, you're a cockbite..

carry on then.

TheMoonchild
January 20th 2013


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Trevor- I liked the first three. I know people are rather mixed on them but I liked them because they focused on William and Elizabeth. The fourth was just UGH

TheMoonchild
January 20th 2013


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@calc- give and take.

TheMoonchild
January 20th 2013


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Darned autocorrect, that should be Trebor

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2013


13430 Comments


As good as the film then?

TheMoonchild
January 20th 2013


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Exactly.



PS I love your avatar. Rammstein are great, as is the song MHB, as are the two videos.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2013


13430 Comments


Cheers man.

Yeah, loved the new videos they released for the song. :D

Fieryfenderz
January 20th 2013


1894 Comments


Didn't Eric Whitacre write this with him?

lauriej
January 20th 2013


1713 Comments


fiery is that zachary quinto?

review makes excellent points, inception is the best thing i've heard from him. the accompanying music to the spinning top scene at the end is one of my favourite film music moments

Fieryfenderz
January 20th 2013


1894 Comments


It is indeed. The avatar size kinda squeezed his face though. But it's a still from American Horror Story.

toxin.
January 20th 2013


12898 Comments


who's zachary quinto
i think you mean sylar

also good review. never watched this and never will. I enjoyed the first one but thought the 2nd and 3rd were way too drawn out to be interesting at all

tiesthatbind
January 20th 2013


7419 Comments


2 and 3 weren't bad, but they would've been way better if they were at least a half hour shorter, they were both incredibly bloated. The first one was awesome though. I never had any interest in watching this one.

Digging: Lunatic Soul - Fractured

demigod!
January 20th 2013


49220 Comments


i saw this movie and it was awful

DirEnRefused
January 20th 2013


3384 Comments


these films are awful, though sparrow is depp's best character ever.

sixdegrees
January 20th 2013


24866 Comments


I must be the only one who enjoyed this movie.

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Polyethylene
January 20th 2013


4677 Comments


Movies are cool, 4th is kinda average but eh

demigod!
January 20th 2013


49220 Comments


I liked the first 3, they were enjoyable. this one was just boring and monotonous



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