Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Memorable Soundtrack

So I watched Sherlock Holmes last night. A brilliant popcorn-film with just the right combination of mystery, action and humor, combined with an interesting undertone of homoerotic dependence. It’s a good example of a well functioning Hollywood Blockbuster, and definitely a film that’s at least twice as good when seen on the big screen, compared with your standard 32″ television set.

A noteworthy aspect of the film was Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack. (Spotify link) It’s not noteworthy in musical terms, in fact it’s borderline cliché; a slight variation of Jack Sparrow’s theme in Pirates of the Caribbean. However it’s noteworthy because it contains a certain quality that every blockbuster seem to long for: It’s hummable.

The great blockbusters, the ones you remember, what do they have in common? They’re good films, yes, but 8 out of 10 times (just a guess) they seem to have a memorable soundtrack.  Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Forrest Gump, to name a few. They all have that easy-to-remember melody that lingers in your mind.

Like this: Dum-dum-du-dum dum-du-dum dum-du-dum


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