Originally Posted by BatLobsterRises
If Zimmer has a signature strength, it's thinking outside the box. Especially in recent years.
I know people say this about Zimmer, but I'm not quite sure what constitutes "the box" in that comparison.
Zimmer has taken quite a veering into soundscapes and dissonance. It makes the sounds of the score tie into the sound-effects of the film more organically, but the result is... again... a bit generic because the soundscapes can be matched to a wide variety of scenes or movies. Its generic enough that it gets mimicked in other films. Transformers, for example, had instances of the two-note theme from the Batman films here and there. Oblivion had elements of the Inception score in it, particularly the foghorn, but also some of the soundscape stuff.
Zimmer used to be much better when he was in what you call "the box." Maybe there was a reason for the box to begin with.