Hans Zimmer's latest
team-up with director Christopher Nolan generates the type of output one
would expect from their collaboration. Indeed, Inception
strikes up the appropriate mood that Nolan sought to conjure for the movie
but this time with less of a thematic presence than even
The Dark Knight
had going for it. For better or worse, this
is the type of score Nolan demands for his films.|
Much like the
feel of his movies, the music associated with Nolan's films leaves one
feeling a bit cold. With a director like him, it's all about the atmosphere
and Zimmer does his best to oblige him in that regard. Sparse with its
themes and heavy with its mood-setting chill, Zimmer's music inverts the
electronic domain and grants us a synthesized palette delivered by
orchestral means. Though inventive in concept, the payoff is limited due to
the restrictions set in place by the film's demands.
score works sufficiently in the movie but it falls short when one seeks to
engage it apart from the show and this is where the problem lies for
individuals who are soundtrack fans. Here you have an emerging, marquee
director that has a taste for music that is worlds apart from what the
average fan seeks. At least, from what I seek, anyway. With this film, I
think the music could have been a bit more crafty and should have delivered
more of a haunting feeling, especially when you're traveling into the domain
of dreams. Instead, it felt a bit too predictable and it certainly didn't
venture into new ground, though the method in which it was recorded intended
it to be.
The style of music heard in the Inception
trailer delivered more of a punch than the score itself did. I'm not saying
the music is poor, rather, it's just not my "type" of soundtrack experience.
A little too gloomy and atmospheric for my taste but why should we be
surprised? Didn't you ever hear the score for The Prestige?
for Inception functions well with the
film but left me on the outside of the dreamscape when I listened to the
music apart from it. If atmospheric intensity is your thing - and if you're
mesmerized by the film itself - than you'll be better off with this score
than I was.