Okay, so I wasn't really interested in seeing this movie until it started racking up so many awards but when I finally got a chance to watch it I understood why it had so many awards. I didn't know much about the Islamic Revolution at the time, but that didn't stop me from being engaged! The plot wasn't hard to follow even though I didn't know much about that time period, and it flowed very well. The costumes were spot on and the acting was far from shallow. I also learned a bit more about what happened with the American Embassy in Iran during that time. A minor history lesson! But other than that the movie is great. You feel the suspense and everything.
If you've seen the trailer to Clint Eastwood's movie J.Edgar, you've heard a taste of Max Richter. He's basically neo-classical like Olafur Arnalds, but it's hard to put him into a specific category. This particular album is one of his earlier ones and is a good introduction to neo-classical music. My favorite track would have to be "Autumn Music 2" because of the beauty that it brings to the end of the album. I recommend exploring Max Richter's other albums too.
That's not the right album art though...
The music alone is really good, but paired with the series, it becomes powerful. When I watched this series, I had no idea that Hans Zimmer had anything to do with this score and so that was really impressive to me. Lorne Balfe continues to impress me as well after listening to this and to Assassin's Creed 3. If you've seen The Bible series on the History Channel, I recommend listening to the score because it's one of the most powerful scores that you'll ever listen to.
I've seen The Last Samurai many times and I would have to say that The Last Samurai is one of Hans Zimmer's best scores. Of course, this is my opinion, but I've also been listening to Hans Zimmer's music since I was six years old. I listen to this over and over again because the music is chilling and beautiful. My favorite track, Small Measure of Peace, is so beautiful that it sends chills down my back. The solo cello is just so beautiful and mellow...
Listen to it. Love it.
I really like this movie. There are differing opinions about this movie, but it's definitely not terrible. Not at all! The acting is substantial, the music is great, and the scenery is beautiful. It probably isn't the best movie to write a history paper about, but I think it's a good movie for those who don't really like history. I would recommend this movie to action lovers and those who are interested in Japanese history but don't know where to start.