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Soundtrack review: Renaissance man (Hans Zimmer – 1994)

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Soundtrack review: Renaissance man (Hans Zimmer – 1994)


“Renaissance man” is a comedy starring Danny de Vito as an advertising exec who loses his job and is sent to teach classes at an army base. I chose this score for Hans Zimmer month in order to get familiar to some of his lesser known works.

My sensors are set for comedy and the listening experience works on auto pilot until “Letter from home” brings an unexpected touch of tenderness. These soft touches really work in this score. Every time things quiet down, I smile and nod my head.
The beginning of “To thine own self…” is similar. Nothing special, just a little sensitivity that works. None of the cues keep this mood for their duration though. The comedic or army sounds take over the music and remind us that we are listening to a comedy score. But “To thine own self…” is exactly the type of cue “Composer of the month” was created for: a cue I wouldn’t have heard otherwise and a gem that deserved to be found.

So this score already served its purpose. It doesn’t matter that the rest of it is mostly light and forgettable, because I will remember that track and the occasional touches of tenderness. I won’t listen to it again though; it’s not the type of score that brings anything to me.

Cue rating: 60 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 5 / 34

Album excellence: 14%


“To thine own self”


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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