Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End
REVIEW BY: David Bowling
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 06/10/2007
There are basically two types of soundtracks: those that stand on their own and are usually comprised of songs with words, and those with mood music intimately connected to the movie. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End falls into this second category.
The soundtrack was enjoyable before seeing the movie, but makes a lot more sense after viewing the movie opening night. Let me get it out of the way and say that the film At World’s End is nowhere as good as the first movie and not even on par with the second. However, that shouldn't stop anyone from enjoying the soundtrack.
At World’s End was scored by Hans Zimmer, the same guy who was a member of Camera Club with Bruce Wooley and Thomas Dolby. He's come a long way since those days, and most people now remember him from scoring films like The Lion King, Gladiator, The Rock and As Good As It Gets.
Here, he shines via the constant return to a simple ongoing theme while changing the tempo and instrumentation. There is a wonderful ebb and flow to the music. Crashing crescendos to simple solo instruments bring the music and film to life. There was a musical progression that started with what sounded like wind chimes which progressed to French horns, for example, that was innovative and memorable. There is also a recurring use of brass instruments laid against a background of percussion that is fast becoming Zimmer's trademark.
It is estimated the around 50 million people, or one-sixth of the country, will see this movie. It is doubtful that of the rest would buy this soundtrack, which is a shame. While it's a brilliant and moving companion piece, it stands on its own as an enjoyable listen, though knowing the context makes it better. Still, in any form, the Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End soundtrack is a pleasurable listening experience and serves the movie and listener well.