Superb Soundtracks

Soundtracks are such an important element in films, they are, in essence, another character. Here are a few of my own personal favourite composers, Hans Zimmer (Man of Steel), Thomas Newman (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Harry Gregson Williams (Total Recall)

Due to the financial and the fan reaction to the latest Superman adventure, I thought it would be good to react upon the impact of a truly good soundtrack on any film.

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Hans Zimmer, born in 1957 in Germany, has had a truly successful career, he is the man behind the music, quite literally. Zimmer’s first big break in the movies, was his composition in the successful Rain Man (1988).

Since then, he has composed his virtuoso, brave and brilliant music for films such as:

The Dark Knight  (2008)

Inception (2010)

And most recently, the blockbuster, Man of Steel. 

In a world of movies with distinctly average soundtracks, the composers who create music with such heart, deserve to be recognised. Bravo Hans Zimmer.

Naomi Jeffreys, The Rabbit and Reel

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Man of Steel

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Despite lavish sets, big budget fight scenes and an all star cast, director Zack Snyder fails to hit the right note with his audience. 

You can tell that director/producer Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins) has had some influence on this film, instead of a fully formed Superman, all capes and red pants over his suit, we are given a much darker story of the much beloved Superhero.

The idea, in theory, should work, but, the plotline, the story, is lost amongst a sea of lavish (and long) fight scenes, Snyder has too many flashbacks inserted at the wrong moments, the wrong memories are shown at the most climactic part of the film.

It is because of this weakness in the script, (the screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, who penned, funnily enough, Batman Begins) that we lose the characters. Amy Adams’ Pulitzer Prize Winning Lois Lane is barely in it and has little chance to shine.

Henry Cavill is perhaps the films only saving grace, with his charming good looks, (I’d like to add that he is British born), his emotional range and physical presence gives the film some of the heart that is so loses with the over long fight sequences.

Man of Steel has been a commercial success and has soared at the international box office, reaching a massive $89 million so far.

And with a follow up film in the works, it appears as if Superman will be flying on our screens once more.

Naomi Jeffreys, The Rabbit and Reel

The Power Of Music

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Soundtracks are paramount to a good film. They can be epic, moving, heart warming. They are key to adding to the tension, adding to the drama of a film.

Each composer has his or her own style, their own flair. The Rabbit Film thought it would be wonderful to showcase some of the best composers in the business.

First, is Hans Zimmer whose music laces in the films of The Lion King, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception. His music becomes another character, its always epic, emotional and tense.

Check out a clip of his music below, taken from the film Inception:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WOcU7J9F3E

Second, is Thomas Newman whose work spans from movie classic, The Shawshank Redemption White Oleander, Finding Nemo and A Series of Unfortunate Events. His style is to use hundreds of stringed instruments, he creates a dream-like quality to his music and they become part of the action, they become a character. 

Check out a clip of his music below, taken from the film, A Series of Unfortunate Events:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZNTWDUrWiI

And third and finally, is Max Richter whose work spans from successful albums, including the highly successful On the Nature of Daylight to groundbreaking new documentary films, Waltz With Bashir. His music is dark, reflective, it takes you on a journey.

Check out a clip of his music below, taken from the film, Waltz With Bashir:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP_PK88J3KM