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Soundtrack review: Regarding Henry (Hans Zimmer – 1993)

I love “Regarding Henry” and I consider it among my soft spots from Hans Zimmer’s 100 releases.

“Regarding Henry” is a movie about a callous and narcissistic New York lawyer who struggles to regain his memory, speech and mobility after surviving a shooting. The movie stars Harrison Ford and Anette Benning, and is scripted by none other than JJ Abrams, at his first film.

This is one Hans Zimmer’s more unusual scores. Just like “Sherlock Holmes” more than 20 years later, the sound he used here makes this score very easy to recognize for me. The main theme, “Walking talkin’ man” is a brilliant, jazzy and infectious doo wap like cue that I often find myself humming. It’s the perfect theme for a brisk autumn day when the wind brings the first scent of winter. It is a happy theme that could get you grooving in the middle of the street. I can actually see some leaves flying on the sidewalk when I hear this theme.

The rest of the score keeps the mood going. It’s a romantic synth score; nothing too flashy, nothing epic, just a brilliant, groovy and cool little gem of a score that I listen to more often than I expected. It’s not very long, only 35 minutes, and it always puts me in a good mood. It has that everyday New York feeling you get from movies, and it’s a feeling I am very familiar with. The small, almost imperceptible hints of jazz among all the synth goodness are just enough to give it a special flavor. I love “Regarding Henry” and I consider it among my soft spots from Hans Zimmer’s 100 releases.

Cue rating: 88 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 30 / 37

Album excellence: 79%

Highlights:

Walkin’ Talkin’ Man

A Cold Day in NY

Henry vs. Henry

Ritz Part II

I Don’t Like Eggs

Gotta Get Me Some of That

Central Park, 6pm

Buddy Grooves

 

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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