Soundtrack Review: Man Of Steel

610uHjOqRGL._SL500_AA280_Man Of Steel
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Edition]
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.
Released: 2013
Opinon Stars: ★★★★★

I know you probably get tired of hearing me say this, but it’s the truth: Hans Florian Zimmer is a flipping music wizard. Seriously. He’s one of the best there is at what he does, and on a scale of one to ten with regard to Sheer Epic Magnificence, his latest work – Man Of Steel – is a rock solid eleven. Emotion, grit, and grandeur collide in superheroic measures for nearly two hours; if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will. You want heart? Here you go. You want excitement? Gotcha covered. A robust and memorable theme worthy of the Last Son of Krypton? It’s right here. As one fellow put it,

MARVEL: “We have a Hulk.”
DC: “We have Hans Zimmer.”

Standout Tracks:
– Goodbye My Son
– If You Love These People
– Terraforming
– This Is Clark Kent
– Flight
– What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?
– Man Of Steel (Hans’ Original Sketchbook)
– General Zod
– This Is Madness!
– Arcade

A postscript, as my attempt to answer some questions you might possibly have:

Q. “How does it compare to John Williams’ score for the original Superman?”
A. I think I’ve decided it’s unfair to compare the two. Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of Williams’ work there, but it fit Donner’s style well enough. Zimmer’s take is darker and more muscular, and if the previews we’ve seen are any indication, that’s precisely the kind of score Man Of Steel needs.

Q. “Does it sound like a rehash of The Dark Knight scores?”
A. No. Absolutely not. It sounds like Zimmer, of course – if you’re a hater, get lost – but there’s very little similarity between this and his other work for the DC Universe. One major difference is that Man Of Steel sounds far more enthusiastic and hopeful overall – which is good, since an uber-intense and moody score wouldn’t work for Supes the way it does for Bats.

Q. “Is the Deluxe Edition worth the extra moolah?”
A. Heck yes. You get half an hour’s worth of extra music. Do it.

5 thoughts on “Soundtrack Review: Man Of Steel”

  1. Thanks for the post. I bought the deluxe edition on iTunes as soon as it was available… epic!

  2. Reblogged this on New Life and commented:
    Superman week continues. Check out this post on The Ink Slinger’s blog for a great review of Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack to the Man of Steel movie.

  3. Sorry to say. I think this music is rubbish. Its non inventive, and I know Hanz Zimmer can do incredibly scores, but instead do this Dark Knight Rises score all over again. How you can give the score that much, is beyound me. But I shall not tell you what to like. But I dont think its worth the money. If you want to listen… use SPotify and listen for free. because its not worth the money. It dont have any memorably themes or anything. It just sounds loud. I am really dissapointed, I was kinda hoping he should do something els, but he did like he always do. Yes its a dark Menacing score, but its utterly garbage. Sorry man. I really hate to say this about a composers music that I usually really like. But this is… no, John Williams score everyone will remember, but this… I would be really surpised if anyone remember this music. I am really sure, it will take just 1 year to forget this music. SO bad is it.

    1. That fact that you think Man Of Steel is “The Dark Knight Rises score all over again” makes me disinclined to believe you’ve carefully listened to either. :)

      Also, I’m somewhat confused as to what your opinion of Zimmer really is. First you say he can write incredible scores, and then you opine that “he did like he always do” and produced “garbage.” So which is it?

      Also, you say that there are no memorable themes and that the whole thing “just sounds loud.” Um, really? “What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?” is just as memorable as anything John Williams’ wrote for the character (more so, I would argue). “Goodbye My Son” is pure beauty. And how about “General Zod” or “Arcade”?

      So pardon me, but how anyone can not like this score is beyond me. :)

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