NOTE: I am not Hans Zimmer and therefore don’t own this piece and have no rights or claims to it whatsoever sodon’tsuemeokthanks.
Youtube link, just in case: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fapCOoOp9ic
Just downloaded this even though I’m about 12 years late.
I feel like whenever we think of Gladiator, particularly of its soundtrack, we think of “Now We Are Free”, when [SPOILERS] Maximus goes to Roman heaven and sees his wife and child again while Proximo pronounces over his body that the gladiators are legally free and the Roman people are free of the tyranny of Commodus [/SPOILERS]. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful, ethereal song. But Gladiator is about reclaiming honor through blood, battle, and violence, not through this soft, spiritual stuff. Maximus does not cut up lions to the sound of a crooning woman. The rest of the soundtrack accompanies the fight scenes, which as you may have noticed takes up A LOT of the movie.
“The Battle” is one of them. It takes place when Maximus is still in charge of his legion and is taking down the Germanic “barbarians”. I know that it’s not as consequential as other battles in the movie.
but DAMN. LISTEN TO THAT PERCUSSION. That guy is having FUN!
And FABULOUS usage of the strings, omiGOODNESS.
It’s intense but not in a Dark Knight or 300 sort of way. I can almost imagine someone going through battle smirking the entire time as he cuts down his enemies. War is not evil; it is a game, a playful exercise almost.
And that’s exactly what this battle, in the context of things, is. The Germanic tribes put up a hard fight, but there’s no question that the Romans will win. They are superior, without question. Plus, in this time period, battle represent a chance for honor rather than a harrowing, dark experience affecting those who live and those who die.
Hans Zimmer gets that here. Yes, when you finally get to the theme, you could probably imagine a battle on the high seas involving a pirate that has a compass that doesn’t work. But dang, you get that idea that’s one of the points of the entire movie: violence for pleasure, warring for sport.
“ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?” - epic line of epicness that has nothing to do with this particular battle but is still cool.
Like this song. Ignoring a lack of originality, this is one damn good piece of battle music.
[It’s no Lord of the Rings, but then again, only Lord of the Rings will ever be Lord of the Rings.]