Hans Zimmer continues to thrill us with soundtracks full of emotion and ardour that most readily match their filmic matter. 'Pearl Harbor' is a Bruckheimer American show stopper that is rather rich on the over-glorified patriotism but which is a deeply impressive visual spectacle nonetheless. The music is full of beautiful melody and staunch patriotic feeling is definitely aroused in such numbers as 'Attack', 'December 7th, 1941' and 'Heart of a Volunteer'. The beauty of the love story is wonderfully recreated in 'And then I Kissed Him' whilst fraternal relationships and the longing for home are brought to life in 'Brothers' and 'Tennessee' respectively.
I have some qualms on the rather short playing time as I'm sure much more music could have found its way onto CD but the film is truly a spectacular experience so you can't be without either. Basically this is just another Hans Zimmer triumph, far removed from the spectral psychology of 'The Thin Red Line' but effective enough nonetheless.
Copyright © 2002, Gerald Fenech