Knowing me, Hans Zimmer has to take the top slots in this rating. Well, here goes…
- Da Vinci Code: Respect it people, it’s now an Oscar nominated score. The dark, brooding, atmospheric pieces are a delight to hear. Specially, Chevaliers de Sangreal. Word of caution though, DO NOT listen to Kyrie for the Magdalene. It’s the best possible lullaby there can be.
- Dead Man’s Chest: Zimmer took the original swashbuckling music and added dark under currents, while still retaining Captain Jack Sparrow’s playfullness to it to make an awesome compilation. Special mention: last 2 minutes of Wheel of Fortune.
- Casino Royale: The new orchestrations and gradual build up to the climatic Bond theme make this David Arnold score very, very different from the previous Bond scores.
- Superman Returns: Technically speaking, it wasn’t an original score. Almost all of the music was a rehash of Williams’ older compositions.
And then, the worst.
- The Prestige: WHAT WAS JULLYAN THINKING??? Tied notes don’t always work.
- Mission Impossible III: Personally, I liked Elfman’s version to Giacchino’s.