Sherlock Holmes Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Sherlock Holmes by Hans Zimmer.
At a glance:
55 minutes of score
Geek Score: 87.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 37.1
Album Excellence: 68%
Buy or stream? Buy
Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Did that actually happen? Yes, in 2009 it happened and it turned out very well indeed. You know the story. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson trying to take down the masterminds of evil from destroying England. As cool as the movie was, the really interesting part was the score by Hans Zimmer. This review is part of Composer Of The Month. I remember the hype when there appeared videos of never-before made instruments and crushing of instruments for sound. Zimmer trickery or actual good things happening to create a good score? It’s funny how a few years can change ones perception of a score. Yes, I reviewed this back in 2009 on my old site and I really disliked it apart from one cue. 5 years later and it’s a different score for me.
The quirky main title makes sense and ‘Discombobulate’ is actually a lot of fun. I still don’t like the over-the-top slapstickery of ‘I Never Woke Up In Handcuffs Before’, but I have to admit it’s funny. I think I even enjoy the gypsy parts, which is most of the score. The energy of this score is electric at times. ‘He’s Killed The Dog Again’ is a triumph. I guess Zimmer called his Jack Sparrow mojo for this one. One fantastic rollercoaster of a track at the end The insane 18+ minute track ‘Psychological Recovery… 6 Months’ which is probably the amount of time you actually need for brain resting after that track melts it down.
This is now a much more entertaining score than it was back in 2009 and thanks for that because I didn’t have a good time at all. Now it’s party time, Sherlock style!
4. My Mind Rebels At Stagnation
6. He’s Killed The Dog Again
7. Marital Sabotage
10. Panic, Shear Bloody Panic
11. Psychological Recovery… 6 Months
13. Holmes (Hans ‘n’ Guy Version)