Hans Zimmer is the worst popular living composer

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Hans Zimmer is a popular, or generally uninspired, composer of film and...well that is all he does, no stage or opera. Anyway he is a one trick pony who's scores all sound...

OK so maybe he isn't the worst; if I could change the name of the group it would be "Hans Zimmer is the most overrated...".
There are worse, such as Tyler Bates who ripped off Elliot Goldenthal's Titus score for his 300 "score" and also happens to sound like another "Zimmer clone", but that's the point all these newer, younger composers who only want to make the bucks instead of create genuinely awesome music all try to copy his hackneyed sound, that generic big sound of his that is found in every big-budget, disaster he scores. He is ridiculously, criminally overrated, young kids who think that because they might buy say the Gladiator soundtrack that makes them tastefull...no kids! Listen to Elliot Goldenthal or Jerry Goldsmith instead, two composers equally talented and original who deserve far more listeners but Hans Zimmer is always there scoring all of Hollywood's most popular trash flicks and thus getting more and more undeserved attention.

Hans Zimmer is like the Britney Spears of film composers, he shares Britneys lack of diversity and originality aswell.

The group image is from the Pearl Harbour score...now if that isn't indicative of his style I do not know what is.
Now here is the part where I am going to be fair. He is not absolutely terrible, most of his scores have a few decent cues here and there and Gladiator, for example, is mostly 'good' or '3 out of 5 stars'. The problem with him though is that you will quickly notice that ALL of his scores are so similair it becomes obnoxiously samey, that's what I meant by "one trick pony" in the group overview.

The "Connected Artists" of this group are people he has done scores with, composers he has 'executive produced' or composers in his company (of minions) "Remote Control Productions"...if a clue as to the nature of the music these people create isn't right there in the title I don't know what is.

As far as I am concerned his best works are:
- Broken Arrow (1996) (Actually pretty awesome, yet random)
- Gladiator (2000)
- The recent Batman movies with Newton-Howard.

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  • wOoDy__

    http://youtu.be/X18u6gZhBis

    12 aug 2013 Svara
  • tjkinghenry

    It is almost inevitable isn't it, given that he wrote the score for some of the highest grossing movies in the last 3 decades. Regardless of whether he deserves the acclaim or not, that very fact that he wrote scores for those movies makes him popular. Also ironically, the reasons as to why he is popular is also the reason as to why he is criticized. He has a predictable sound which he has created for himself. Especially in the latter parts of his career where he has had more influence of electronic sounding tones. Also, his music is far from being complex. It is simple and minimalistic. This makes his music very accessible. But for the traditionalist, complexity can sometimes be appealing. But ultimately, he has created a brand of sound for himself and people can recognize his music easily. That alone gives him mass appeal. And at the end of the day, what is good art or music anyway. It is too subjective a field.

    6 okt 2012 Svara
  • TheOpinionater

    @ nvidia_fanboy: Well said:)

    10 aug 2012 Svara
  • TheOpinionater

    Haha, typical bash from a "I know what real music is" guy. Zimmer is a great composer and have made some amazing scores. What you just said about Zimmer, you can say of any composer out there. They all have a sound and they all use it, every time they score a film. You can always tell, who scored what, just by listening and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. What do you expect? That suddenly James Newton Howard should sound like Danny Elfman in one movie and then Vangelis in the next?. No, Howard sounds like Howard, Goldsmith sounds like Goldsmith and of course Zimmer sounds like Zimmer. I can also not think of a single composer, who have not lifted themes etc from other works and reused them creatively in several scores. James Horner being the worst offender. You might not like Zimmer's style, but to call him Britney Spears of composers, unoriginal, scoring trash flicks etc is just plain ignorant. Only the mighty Terrasidius knows what's tasteful?..give me a bucket please.

    10 aug 2012 Svara
  • Sully_clubs

    He's not shit, but I hate his fans so fucking much, hes so overrated, I cant think of anything exceptional he's done, Alan Silvestri on the other hand :D

    18 feb 2012 Svara
  • Emphast

    Is he too popular? Yes. Is he taking some jobs he shouldn't? Yes. But he has some amazing scores. Gladiator, Lion King, Last Samurai, Batman, Inception, (main theme) The Holiday, Modern Warfare 2, .... . So he earned the respect.

    14 dec 2011 Svara
  • SpiteEnvY

    Change the name of the group to The Trolling Stone(r)s, guys :P

    3 jul 2011 Svara
  • DemiurgeMusic

    "the thing is he knows how to make the simple sound super epic. that is indeed a skill. the best pop songs in the world are usually simple to play." Thank you! On top of that, he does exactly what he is hired to do; He uses his music to draw in the emotional side of the viewers to enhance the experience. We can all agree that his music turns a great movie into a greater movie. I will say his music may be over-the-top sometimes.. But when you're watching an over-the-top film, isn't that expected? Imagine Danny Elfman or James Horner doing PotC... They just don't mix well. Zimmer is the essence of contemporary epic movie scores and has received his due credit. No overrating imo.

    1 jul 2011 Svara
  • hybridcritter

    I'd make a variation on this group, called "Hans Zimmer is overused". Just looking at his discography, wow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Zimmer_discography. I actually really like some of his scores, but it seems like he's being overworked. Quantity before quality, I guess. What made me think that, was when I watched Gladiator AFTER seeing PotC, and spent most of the movie expecting Jack Sparrow to show up. Sigh.

    26 jun 2011 Svara
  • angeltreadmiah

    the thing is he knows how to make the simple sound super epic. that is indeed a skill. the best pop songs in the world are usually simple to play.

    16 jun 2011 Svara
  • nvidia_fanboy

    Its like clothing or food. Everyone has their own preferences, I really don't see why you people have a compulsive need to run around making your hatred apparent. Long as he is not plagiarizing, I don't really think any artist deserves to be bashed on for just being popular.

    10 jun 2011 Svara
  • Haihappen_Uhaha

    Hans Zimmer is good! <- yea but nothing more

    9 apr 2011 Svara
  • Green_Wire

    No, definitely not

    21 feb 2011 Svara
  • RabOptimus

    But The Rock score and Crimson Tide almost sound identical!

    6 okt 2010 Svara
  • RabOptimus

    Hans Zimmer is good!

    6 okt 2010 Svara
  • Terrasidius

    Im going to abdicate the group...does anyone want it?

    3 okt 2010 Svara
  • Terrasidius

    totally agree Necronaut, shameless.

    31 maj 2010 Svara
  • Necronaut1

    By the way, I just compared Elliot Goldenthal's' Victorious Titus to Tyler Bates' Returns a King and is simply disgusting how blatantly Bates has ripped off Goldenthal. Very sad.

    13 maj 2010 Svara
  • Necronaut1

    I am both surprised and saddened to hear nothing of the late, great Bernard Herrmann. Psycho, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Vertigo, Taxi Driver, and I believe even the Twilight Zone theme are his doing. Compare Zimmer to a genius like Herrmann and you will see just how boring and monotonous Zimmer's "music" really is. It is truly mindnumbingly BORING! His best work was probably his contribution to The Pirates of The Caribbean soundtrack. Though that soundtrack is by no means groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination. Compared to geniuses like Herrmann, Zimmer truly is overrated.

    13 maj 2010 Svara
  • winternight119

    Hans Zimmer is DEFINITELY overrated. His soundtracks all sound the same.

    13 maj 2010 Svara
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