Hans Zimmer

I'll Do Anything [Original Soundtrack]

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James L. Brooks' 1994 romantic comedy I'll Do Anything was conceived and filmed as a musical -- when preview audiences hated the original cut, the filmmaker went back to the editing room, excised all of the production numbers, and attempted to salvage the remainder to create a cohesive narrative free from singing and dancing. It's therefore impossible to judge Hans Zimmer's I'll Do Anything score solely on its own merits -- Varese Sarabande's soundtrack LP essentially cobbles together the instrumental themes and cues that survived Brooks' purge, but without a sense of what the composer hoped to achieve at the outset of production, one can't formulate much of an accurate opinion. Based on what is available, I'll Do Anything is a tepid and formulaic effort rendered in Zimmer's familiar synthesizer-heavy style -- each of the film's four major characters is represented by an extended suite that explores the various facets of his or her personality, and while Zimmer deserves credit for clearly delineating their respective personas, the music relies more on mood than substance.

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