Soundtracks and Dark Knights


Does anyone have any idea how to categorize movie soundtracks?

Certainly, by its very nature, prog is cinematic, often eerily so.  But what about actual sound tracks?  Do soundtrack composers–aside from Trevor Rabin–think of themselves as classical artists?  Rock?  Or, are soundtracks their own strange genre?

Why do I ask, you ask.

Since BATMAN BEGINS first came out in the theaters, I’ve regarded it as one of my two or three all-time favorite movies.  It didn’t beat out my favorite, Hitchcock’s ROPE, but it came really close.  In fact, I liked it so much, that I never quite made it through THE DARK KNIGHT, as I felt that second movie undermined everything the first accomplished.


Let me just state, now that I’ve finally watched all three of the Nolan movies in succession, I was dead wrong about DARK KNIGHT.  It’s still the weakest of the three movies, to my mind, but it’s excellent.  I’d allowed my expectations to blind my understanding.  Anyway, I’ve since learned.

Oh, sheesh, was I wrong!  So wonderfully wrong.

Regardless. . . one of things that grabbed my attention and enlivened my imagination in each was the soundtrack, written by Hans Zimmer.

When I’ve not been listening to prog (properly understood), I’ve been listening to Zimmer.  Almost non-stop now. . . for about 3 months.

Any suggestions on where to go from here?


And, if you’ve not had the chance to listen to Zimmer’s three soundtracks, do so now.  As in right now.  You won’t be disappointed.

3 thoughts on “Soundtracks and Dark Knights

  1. Bryan Morey

    Can’t get much more prog than Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire” soundtrack.

    I know Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit soundtracks are more classical than anything, but regardless of what one thinks of the movies (and believe me, I have my issues with them), those soundtracks are some of the best movie music ever composed, especially Fellowship.


  2. galt1138

    It’s funny, I’m a big fan of Hans Zimmer. But, his Batman trilogy scores took a while for me to warm up to. In general, I find his comic book movie scores to be his least interesting work.

    I do find that progressive rock and film scores often complement each other (I’m a huge film music geek).

    Anyway, here are some Zimmer scores I recommend checking out (and I give a hearty “Hear! Hear!” to Time Lord’s suggestion of Interstellar – his best work with Chris Nolan so far).

    Black Rain
    Driving Miss Daisy
    Pacific Heights
    Thelma & Louise
    Green Card
    Regarding Henry
    The Thin Red Line
    Sherlock Holmes
    The Pacific



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