Special Edition Digipak of The Dark Knight. This Original Motion Picture Soundtrack returns with the ASCAP winning composers from Batman Begins- Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer and seven time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard- for a powerful orchestral … see full wiki
The best word to use to describe the score to The Dark Knight is EPIC. Having loved the score to Batman Begins by Howard and Zimmer I was really looking forward to this collaboration. Listening to this dark, brooding score it's clear that we've moved on from the introduction to Batman with slower, nicer themes overall and are presented with a negative aspect in the film and the music within. The best tracks are the Joker's theme "Why So Serious" and "Like a Dog Chasing Cars". The Joker's theme is warped, misaligned, off with a rough edge that you don't expect. This could be used to describe the acting by Heath Ledger and I feel that the composers really got 'it'. 'Like a Dog' is set for the action part(s) of the film and it works well.
From the Batman Begins soundtrack there were a couple of themes that I absolutely loved and while I still give this work 5 stars, I feel that the Begins soundtrack might be a bit better. Maybe it's because when you have a sequel there are recycled themes that while you might enjoy/love, the fact they are not new makes it not as fresh.
Having said all that, this is a great score to the EPIC movie that accompanies it. Easy to recommend, perfect for enjoying years to come, if you enjoy movie scores, Zimmer/Howard work or the Nolan Batman films, you will be happily satisfied with this effort.
***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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