I was having a debate with a friend today over Hans Zimmer's The Dark Knight Rises score. I thought the it was a triumph due to its emotiveness and musical qualities, (so much so that I actually downloaded the album) but my friend largely considers it a failure because he found it invasive and "obvious/safe" in its moods/motifs, as if it was spoonfeeding him what emotions he's supposed to be feeling throughout the movie. While I can agree that it did "invade" the action at times, in my opinion it served to help the feel of the film rather, than harm it. (However, I do tend to fully agree with his sentiments regarding some lesser modern scores that try far too hard to be "epic", as well as the overuse of themes like Lux Aeterna and O Fortuna in television-land. These can be so painfully self-aware that it's hard not to be distracted by them.)
So, what did y'all think of TDKR's soundtrack?
Or - as part of a related & wider topic of film/music discussion - do you think soundtracks are more effective when they are memorable/bombastic and at-the-forefront of the movie
, or when they affect the movie so subtly that you'd barely even notice at all if you weren't listening for it