Awesome Music / Hans Zimmer

Awesome moments from Zimmer's scores for The Dark Knight Trilogy Modern Warfare 2, and the DC Extended Universe can be found here, here, and here.
  • The Finale of The Lone Ranger: a beefed-up version of the William Tell Overture mixed in with variations and Zimmer's original compositions. One of the few saving graces of the film.
  • "Journey to the Line" from his score for The Thin Red Line. Starts as a weird repetitive pinging sound in the background; builds to a heart-rending climax.
  • Black Hawk Down has a great score from start to finish, but the climax is with the last two pieces. The first is a beautiful song sung in Gaelic, and you can tell that it's a song of grief and loss even without understanding the lyrics (and they play it as they show the flag-draped coffins of the dead soldiers, the epilogue appears on screen, and an unknown soldier tells his wife to "be strong, tuck the girls in bed, and give them a kiss from daddy"). The second is "The Minstrel Boy", which runs as the credits begin. It has to be heard to be appreciated.
    • Another music piece that stands out is "Tribal War", which is a more action-oriented piece. However, it subverts the typical "awesome" battle music by becoming immensely menacing in tone. It sounds less like an epic battle is happening and more like a monster is on the loose.
  • Gladiator's musical finale is also extremely touching, climaxing with the track Now We Are Free, which is sung in a language that no one can understand but conveys the exact message as the title.
  • Similar is the epic finale to King Arthur (2004), a film that sadly didn't quite come off because of the script... but Zimmer's score and Clive Owen makes you feel it at the end: "All Of Them" (Marriage of Arthur and Guinevere).
    • "Budget Meeting" qualifies. Face it - that sheerly epic instrumentation is the sole reason (aside from scrumptious donuts) that people would even bother to attend budget meetings in real life.
  • For a film that is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, Muppet Treasure Island's "Shiver My Timbers" and "Professional Pirate" are some great pirate songs. Then again, music composed by Hans Zimmer and sung by Tim Curry is automatically bound for awesome.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (2 & 3) - Absolutely fantastic. It's epic beyond epic. And hey, Klaus Badelt, who wrote the first POTC score, was Zimmer's protege.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: "He's a Pirate".
    • The Mario Paint version is pretty cool.
    • What could be better than "He's a Pirate" on its own? He's a Pirate plus epic guitar.
    • There is also a really good techno remix of it by DJ Tiesto.
    • Jack Sparrow's Intro Theme, "The Medallion Calls", first scored by Klaus Badelt. That one theme, with the character intro and The Reveal, made the whole movie for the first-time viewer. It's also the bridge melody in "He's a Pirate."
    • Davy Jones' Theme, which he plays himself on the organ.
    • Other notable tracks include the Bach-esque "The Kraken", particularly the moment where the leviathan smashes the Edinburgh Trader clean in two; and the love/adventure theme from At World's End, presented up-tempo in "Up Is Down, and more sedately in "One Day."
    • (Captain!) Jack Sparrow has an especially fitting theme in part 2: alternatively tense and sedate, somewhat ambiguous, and slightly drunk.
    • At Wit's End, an epic song when the crew of the Black Pearl undertake the journey to save Jack Sparrow. There is also a heartbreaking and dramatic rendition for Davy Jones theme as he is forced to destroy other pirate vessels under command of Lord Beckett.
    • And then there's "Hoist the Colors." What shall we die for takes "Hoist the Colors" and catapults it into Ominous English Chanting levels of awesome.
    • Up Is Down is pretty awesome too.
    • Finally, a small but beautiful motif from the "parasail" scene in At World's End: Here at 2:37 from the "Marry Me" suite which sadly hasn't seen nearly enough of the light of day. It was a crime to leave it off the soundtrack...
      • "Part of the Ship... Part of the Crew..."
      • Also heard in the above track (and elsewhere in the soundtrack; it essentially makes up the backbone of the score) is Will and Elizabeth's theme. Just... God damn, Will and Elizabeth's theme is just heart-swelling. Anakin and Padmé have got nothing on these two. That theme alone could play on loop for several hours and the soundtrack would still be awesome.
      • Also in the grand finale of "One Day". First heard on the voyage to World's End, and then completed with the Big Damn Kiss, it's basically the unifying song of the third movie.
      • Sadly the music from the climactic scene mentioned above ("Part of the Ship"/"Hold On") is only used once in World's End, and not in any other track. Zimmer said he had come up with a musical cue so good, he kicked himself for using it in an existing work.
    • The wonderful Morricone hommage "Parley" from the At World's End Soundtrack.
    • And the background score for the Battle of the Maelstrom (track listing; 'I Don't Think Now Is the Best Time') is a Moment of Awesome all by itself.
    • Blackbeard's theme from On Stranger Tides.
    • The haunting and unsettling Mermaid's theme.

Alternative Title(s): Pirates Of The Caribbean

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