Hans Zimmer
Interstellar


4.5
superb

Review

by Christopher Geriak USER (67 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2014 | 441 replies


Release Date: 11/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hans Zimmer breaks away from his standard action movie motif and delivers one of the most amazing, ambitious, and imaginative film scores of the decade.

In recent years, film scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces (particularly in action films) with horns blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. It was most likely when the Christopher Nolan film Inception came out in 2010 when that fad started to settle in people’s minds as it quite literally blasted us with its overblown nature with its film score. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this knack for just creating this style just for the hell of it. And Hans Zimmer was pretty much the center of it all, especially considering the fact that he did the score for Inception.

So one would think that a Hans Zimmer score would equal a completely overblown barrage of blasting horns and pretentious amounts of string melodies, right? In a surprising manner, the answer is no, or at least in this occasion. For the most part, his material of Interstellar (another Christopher Nolan film I might add) is actually toned down a lot compared to the other scores he’s produced. Now granted, Interstellar does take place in space, and so one would expect it to have a more ambient tone. Most likely similar to that of something like Steven Price’s score for Gravity. That being said, Gravity was a thriller, so the over-the-top nature that the score had was more or less acceptable. Interstellar on the other hand is a dramatic film, so a more subtle and subdued mood would be a more obvious choice.

Zimmer would’ve been more or less a last choice for a film such as this, since he’s been recognized from action films. However, not only is this Hans Zimmer’s best film score in years, but it’s quite possibly one of the best musical scores to come out since the beginning of the decade. Sure it does have it that typical over-dramatic feel to it in certain moments. But those are only moments, not entire songs, when that happens. Most of this album is soothing, subtle, relaxing, and sometimes uncomfortable. And when those horns create those typical blasts that most people will recognize, it actually works the way it’s supposed to. Songs like “Mountains” and “Coward” build up suspense ever so perfectly and then when they reach their well-placed church organ filled climax you’re left of the edge of your seat throughout. “Coward” especially manages to succeed in this more than any other song in the record, as the those small little beats sound like a clock, ticking down the time towards the climax while the rest of the instruments build up the suspense more and more and ever so slowly; practically to the point of being rather creepy (most likely helped by the organ). Then you have songs like “Running Out” and “Dust” that are subdued and laid-back yet they have a very sinister feel to them that just leaves you in a rather uncomfortable state.

But the score is at its most beautiful during the melodies. “Stay” and “Where We’re Going” create such a subtle yet powerful tone to the album that it feels almost dreamlike. It feels free, broad, open and spacious, as if you’re actually in space. Even the quiet moments such as in “Message From Home” create this phenomenal aspect of creating an emotional experience that flows freely among itself and it just leaves you in such awestruck wonder. I can’t find any other soundtrack that manages to capture the beauty and magnificent imagination that the film managed to bring as much as this one.

To put it in a precise manner, Interstellar is one of the most intriguing, ambitious, and incredible film scores in years, and easily one of Hans Zimmer’s best records in years. Using the emotional tone that it sets for itself as well as its climactic moments to its advantage, this record manages to engage the audience in a manner that one wouldn’t expect, and it succeeds in detaching away from the standard film score clichés that one would expect from a film like Interstellar. What else could I say, it’s just down right amazing.



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Toondude10
December 1st 2014


11417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Feedback appreciated



Official Christopher Nolan/Interstellar thread right? :P



Thought I might as well talk about a film score, especially for one which I consider to be one of the best films I've seen this year. Not to mention I might as well do a positive review after doing some negative/mixed reviews more or less.

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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2014


16491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this movie, nice review pos

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SharkTooth
December 1st 2014


13751 Comments


I honestly loved Inception's soundtrack tbh
haven't seen this but I heard that the ending was shit

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2014


39291 Comments


Great movie and score although it's a fair point as most have said that it really drowns out the dialogue at points

Toondude10
December 1st 2014


11417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I had to think about this movie for a couple of days before I had an official opinion on it.



As for that whole thing about the music drowning out the dialogue, Nolan said it was because he wanted the music to help move the story along or something.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2014


16491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ending ruled and Inception's soundtrack is great too, almost as good as this.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2014


39291 Comments


The ending was fine, it was like 2001 but less self-indulgent (never thought I'd find myself agreeing with snox but alas)

Toondude10
December 1st 2014


11417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That ending makes you question life.

SharkTooth
December 1st 2014


13751 Comments


One of my friends called it the year's best movie

then again he still thinks that Avatar is a masterpiece, so I dunno

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2014


16491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gone Girl is another contender for MOTY, they're about tied for me

Toondude10
December 1st 2014


11417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I REALLY wanted to see Gone Girl. I've heard it's amazing. Still need to see Snowpiercer and Edge of Tomorrow as well.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2014


39291 Comments


I think it's definitely close to best movie of this year with the Grand Budapest Hotel being the other contender
Gone Girl was great, a solid 8.5/10

Kman418
December 1st 2014


13257 Comments


gone girl was so much better than this 1

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2014


16491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really need to see Snowpiercer, I was a little skeptical about Edge of Tomorrow going into it but I was very pleasantly surprised, definitely worth watching

Toondude10
December 1st 2014


11417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The Lego Movie is probably my favorite for this year.



I've heard Edge of Tomorrow is awesome and I really wanted to see it. But my older sister wanted me to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 for a second time (no pun intended)

Gibleson
December 1st 2014


89 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great movie (with a meh ending) and an incredible score. I agree on all points. This was a nice breath of fresh air from what Zimmer's been doing for the past few years, despite how much I might love the Man of Steel score.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2014


32190 Comments


Gone Girl is great but I wouldn't list it as a contender for the year's best

This
Boyhood
The Raid 2

Really enjoyed Predestination as well
Still haven't seen Nightcrawler yet

treeqt.
December 1st 2014


16894 Comments


y'all need to not

Toondude10
December 1st 2014


11417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Don't forget Godzilla Dev

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2014


39291 Comments


Yeah I need to see Nightcrawler ASAP that trailer was incredible



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