We take a break from bringing you news with this post, and bring you one of top 5 posts which we haven’t done for quite a while. In this post we take a look at our top 5 movie themes by legendary composer Hans Zimmer. A truly iconic figure in the world of film music who most recently announced his retirement from composing music for Superhero movies.
1) The Medallion Calls – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
While Zimmer himself didn’t compose this song, he did serve as a producer on the soundtrack of the film and it is down on his discography. This easily one of the best themes he has over seen. The iconic theme from the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, it is synonymous with introduction of Captain Jack Sparrow into the film. Try picture how great the scene of Jack arriving at Port Royal on his sinking ship if this theme wasn’t playing over the scene. It is truly a fantastic piece of music.
2) Now We Are Free – Gladiator.
This is the most powerful and emotional piece of music that Zimmer has composed. Playing over the scene in Gladiator when Maximus succumbs to the wound inflicted upon him by The Emperor, it invokes such emotion, not only from the scene but from the audience who is at home watching the film. It not only creates sadness, but it also creates a sense of peace and relief. Maximus is at peace with all he has done, he is relieved that he got the vengeance he swore to get and he is finally going to be with his family again. We’d be surprised if there wasn’t dry in whatever home is watching this scene.
3) Like a Dog Chasing Cars – The Dark Knight.
This theme from the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy brings us an updated version of Batman’s theme from the first movie. It is a more heroic version of the theme. It is loud, emphatic, driven by powerful strings yet at the same time accentuates the dark aspects of Batman’s character. It works in both ways showing both heroic and vigilante side of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Zimmer done a fantastic job with this theme as it now synonymous with the capped crusader.
4) This Land – The Lion King.
One of the most over looked themes in The Lion King, when you ask someone to name songs from the movie, The Circle of Life and I Just Can’t Wait to Be King are often named, rarely is this some named. This is another fantastic theme from Zimmer, as it is such and emotional and powerful theme. It is played over the scene when Simba is visited by the cloud version of Mufasa telling him to remember who he is and Simba is questioning whether he can go back and face everyone at Pride Rock. It is a powerful theme that not only symbolizes the bond between father and son, but the realization remember who you are and where you came from is all you need to help overcome fear. Might be controversial to say, but this would be my favourite theme from The Lion King.
5) The Electro Suite – The Amazing Spiderman 2.
This theme cracks the top 5 after hearing it live a couple of days ago, and realizing what a fantastic theme it is. While they film might not be that great, this theme is one of the highlights of the film. The is a fantastic representation for Electro and his suite. It is erratic, it is static, it was composed with lots of electronic instruments and technology as well as an orchestral ensemble. It has a choir to symbolize the voices inside Electro’s head. The juxtaposition of the electric guitars against the strings of an orchestra create a villainous sound and erratic sound of a man unstable. Zimmer brought his a-game with this theme.
There we have it folks, our short list of our Top 5 favourite Hans Zimmer movie themes. Any you would add or take out of the list? let us know.