Soundtrack Review: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 57 min.
Released: 2011



In 2009, Hans Zimmer blew listeners away with his musical contribution to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Fresh, exciting, and genuinely inventive, it remains one of his best scores to date. Now, two years later, Ritchie has released a sequel, and it should come as no surprise that Zimmer has written the music for it. What does come as a surprise is the quality of that music: not only does it match the brilliant innovation of the first score, it exceeds it. But of course, this is Hans Zimmer we’re talking about – one of the greatest film composers of all time. It seems that, like a fine wine, he keeps getting better with age.

Matching the style of the film, Zimmer’s score is by turns subtle, mysterious, thrilling, and even humorous. I See Everything opens the album on an eerie note, and is followed shortly by the grand and exciting Tick Tock. Smile-inducing comedy features prominently in It’s So Overt It’s Covert and the aggressively playful Romanian Wind. The tone of the score changes suddenly with To The Opera!, a magnificent piece marked by a stunning array of strings, brass, percussion, and operatic vocals. The relentless pace of The Red Book makes it a ridiculously fun cue to listen to, while The End? treats the listener to a fabulous reworking of the iconic Sherlock theme established by Zimmer in the first score.

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11 thoughts on “Soundtrack Review: A Game of Shadows”

  1. Sounds like a good deal, great review. Have you had a chance to listen to the Tron: Legacy soundtrack yet? I bought it off Amazon and really enjoy it.

  2. What?! You’ve already seen it?? *wink*. The soundtrack sounds really good, and I can’t wait to see the movie! Though, I’ll probably be so focused on the film, that I won’t notice the music too much.. haha!

    1. Well, we went to see it early because I was pegged to critique it for my friend’s movie review site (and I wanted to get the review done right after the film’s theater release). But hey, I liked the movie so much, seeing it twice ain’t a problem; can’t wait to watch again with your family the week after Christmas. :D

      1. Ah, I see!! Yeah, whatever. you just wanted an excuse to see it twice.. ;) I’m glad to know it was that good, though!! And, yes, I’m totally looking forward to it!!! :)

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