Balthazar - I couldn't have put it better. The musical score of any film is so important to its tone and story, and I was gloomy about the Tintin soundtrack for several days after having seen the movie xD Of course, John Williams is brilliant, and I've loved so
much of his work, but this time ... it felt rather generic. Great as background music, but ineffective as a theme for our beloved character. As Simon points out in his great review
of the movie, there are similarities between the soundtrack and some of William's previous scores :( Indiana Jones
and Harry Potter
being the more obvious ones to me.
That said, some of the music was amazing :D The best tracks include the stylised opening tune (though opinions are divided on that one), the pieces during the flashbacks to Sir Francis' time, and my favourite - Pursuit of the Falcon.
Utterly beautiful and engaging, and one of the few pieces to actually feature the main theme in an exciting way.
Some argue that Williams was aiming for a more 'subtle, European feel' ... to which I say, it's TINTIN! It has to be exciting and adventurous and gung-ho - he's a boy adventurer! Hergé was quite 'American' in his love for heart-pounding action and intrigue. A young Tintinophile watching the movie needs
the experience of a true adventure, which stays in their hearts and inspires them to become avid Tintinologists several years later ;) Conversely, the music is
very skilfully written with gorgeous harmonies and such, even if it doesn't capture the essence of what Tintin is all about.
When you come out of many of the films he's done the music for - Star Wars, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET, Schindler's List, Harry Potter, etc - you have the tune in your head for days ... with Tintin, though all the music worked fine in scenes where it was background music (and fine in the trailers) I found it completely lacking in a memorable main theme tune. Given the subject matter of the film - plucky boy adventurer travelling the world - this seems surprising.
Yes, exactly :D I saw the film twice with my father, who is an avid fan of both Tintin and Spielberg. He said the exact same words - the soundtrack was good as background music, but didn't complement the adventures of a boy reporter. This from a man who has experienced decades of classic films which included the work of both Spielberg and Williams.
From the beginning I had wanted Hans Zimmer to compose the soundtrack - an amazing, innovative mind. Think Inception, Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dark Knight, Lion King
... he has the ability of perfectly capturing the feel of an entire universe as envisioned by its creators. As a metaphor in the animation industry, Williams' image is somewhat similar to Disney
- solid, classic, golden, while Zimmer is like Pixar
- brilliant, innovative, forward-thinking. Perhaps Spielberg chose Williams because he was a 'sure thing,' maybe even a 'safe option,' given his reputation and their decades-long working relationship.
I've always loved the opening theme to the Eclipse - Nevada TV series. Thought this and the visuals which accompany it were top stuff!
A thousand times yes :D Amazing music - adventurous, bold, poignant, full of feeling. Especially the orchestral arrangement - just beautiful! :D