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Hans Zimmer Film Scores We Love the Most

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NinjaPromo team wishes Hans Zimmer happy 62nd birthday and offers you look through his most popular (well, at least 10, as every music by herr Zimmer is a world-hailed masterpiece!) and adored film scores. Don't see any reason to hesitate, so here we go:

1. The Lion King (1994).

Don't even tell that you haven't watched it. The iconic legendary animated musical film got its fame and world recognition not only due to wonderful touching story, but also due to awesome scores! This film made Zimmer an Oscar-winner — a golden man with a sword for Best Original Score sailed to the composer at 67th Ceremony (1995).

2. Hannibal (2001).

Hans Zimmer's scores, accompanied by Anthony Hopkins's creepy gaze and smile (or vice versa?..), have never left anyone cold. Really, the movie itself is thrilling enough, but the soundtracks managed to make this thrill degree higher than ever before.

3. The Ring (2002).

We will never forget that creepy Samara-getting-out-of-a-TV-set scene, as well as the tunes escalating this (and many other too) scene to some hair-raising extent. Thank you Hans for a couple of nights with the light switched on!

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl (2003).

This score, composed in cooperation with Klaus Badelt (Germany has proved to be a treasury of talented composers one more time) needs no comments.

5. Madagascar trilogy (2005–2012).
Kowalski, report! Yeah, we'll never forget all the (former) residents of the New York Central Park Zoo! And we'll always love and remember that awesome scores that still "play" in our heads!

6. Sherlock Holmes (2009).

The one with Robert Downey Jr., not with Benedict Cumberbatch. A mixture of gypsy violins, banjo, cimbalom and a "broken pub piano" really made us feel that mess in the protagonist's head. By the way, to create proper music, Zimmer purchased an out-of-tune piano for 200 dollars and used it throughout the scoring process because of its "quirkiness". At first he tried to detune his own piano, but the result was not what was expected. 200 dollars may make wonders!

7. The Da Vinci Code (2006), Angels & Demons (2009), Inferno (2016).

The scores of 2006 brought herr Zimmer a Grammy and a Golden Globe nominations. The later works were not as loud as that first one, but who the hell cares? We love the adventures of professor Robert Langdon, accompanied by those unforgettable tunes that leave you no chance not to merge into the divine mystery.

8. The Dark Knight (2008).

Batman aka. Bruce Wayne brought Hans Zimmer (and James Newton Howard as well) three more trophies: a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album, a Saturn for Best Music and an Online Film Critics Society Awards reward for Best original Score. Well, the city needs a hero, and a hero needs awesome music to make all the super heroic actions look even more awesome.

9. 12 Years a Slave (2013).

At first Zimmer was not sure if he had been the right person to work on this project.

"I felt I wasn't the guy, in a way. It was such an important, heavy, incredible subject. It took a bit of persuading from [McQueen] to give me the confidence to do it".

The director Steve McQueen knew what he was doing! 12 Years a Slave score brought Hans Zimmer six more awards: Black Reel Awards, Boston Online Film Critics Association, Indiana Film Critics Association, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, Stockholm International Film Festival and Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association.

10. Dark Phoenix (2019).

Zimmer revealed in an interview with that over 16 hours of music was written for this film. But initially the composer didn't like the idea of working with a superhero movie after his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice experience. Well, the critics were not really pleased with the movie itself, but Hans Zimmer's score was praised as usual!

P. S. I still have Pirates of the Caribbean… theme stuck in my brains!

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