Gladiator Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Gladiator by Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard.
Most would agree that Gladiator is one of Hans Zimmer’s best work. His collaboration with Lisa Gerrard on this score sparked controversy, but also captured many fans who saw Zimmer in a new light. It’s glorious, bombastic and also very beautiful and serene the way it goes from Zimmer full-on action to quiet hymns of his partner Lisa Gerrard. There is something for everyone here, but the one cue everyone has on their playlists is ‘Now We Are Free’ which includes a beautiful Hans Zimmer theme with the voice of Lisa Gerrard.
Personally I enjoy the really long cues ‘The Battle’ and ‘Barbarian Horde’ which has a little bit of numerous Hans Zimmer scores like the not-yet-made Pirates Of The Caribbean. I like that the long cues goes from theme to theme effortlessly and it never gets boring. Zimmer manages to combine them all in a stunning way.
The controversy about this score is of course the plagiarism case with Gustav Holst and his ‘Mars, Bringer Of War’. The similarities are quite clear to me and I’m fine with it. It’s not the same though because it sounds and feels completely different.
An added bonus with this score is that the cues just seamlessly flow into the next like those old Vangelis scores. That’s a brilliant touch and it can easily be listened to in one sitting.
Is Gladiator the best Hans Zimmer score ever made? That would be a no from me, but it’s certainly up there with Zimmer’s best. I highly recommend you get this score if you haven’t already. It’s a milestone in Zimmerian history.
03. The Battle
09. The Might Of Rome
10. Strength And Honor
12. Slaves To Rome
13. Barbarian Horde
16. Honor Him
17. Now We Are Free
GEEK SCORE: 92.9