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Re: Williams had been overrated again.
• Posted by: MeloManiac
• Date: Friday, August 10, 2001, at 8:27 a.m.
• IP Address: 213.237.80.54.adsl.he.worldonline.dk
• In Response to: Re: Williams had been overrated again. (Levente Benedek)

> P.S.: There is a great composer a truly

> Have you ever heard any other film music which is not from John Williams?
> I dont remember that John Williams have ever wrote any action music. For
> example: There is Jerry Goldsmith's TOLTAL RECALL, AIR FORCE ONE, MULAN,
> SMALL SOLDIERS, THE 13TH WARRIOR, James Horner's PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND
> PRESENT DANGER, Hans Zimmer's THE ROCK, CRIMSON TIDE, GLADIATOR,
> MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE 2, THE PEACMAKER, BROKEN ARROW, BACKDRAFT. What is the
> difference betwen this pictures? Nothing, because these pictures have very
> great ACTION! musics. I have to warn you that STAR WARS is a sci-fi, not
> an action film.

I never said Williams did music for any specific action films. I just said he writes good ACTION music. I consider several cues from the Indy movies, Jurassic Park, Lost World, Star Wars, even E.T. etc. to be action cues. Hell I dont just CONSIDER it: They are. Why should I be interested in crap movies like MI, Peacermaker, Broken Arrow and Backdraft - which might have ACTION music, but I am not sure I agree the cues are good... Gladiator has at least one good action cue (but a horrible main theme). Patriot Games is definitely NOT an action movie. Only the last 30 mins of the movies can be called "action". The mvoie is a THRILLER. And it has some OK music. But generally many composers write very noisy and crappy action cues - especially Goldsmith (The Mummy - gimme a BREAK), whereas I generally find Williams´ actioncues actually to be listenable and quite melodic. There are exceptions of course.

>
I don't want to argue you, I only want to understand
> why the other composers are neglected? Just count how many films is on
> Goldsmith's and Morricone's list. P.S.: I agree whit you that Williams had
> writen very good themes so far, I like his JURASSIC PRAK theme. But listen
> THE ROCK main theme, which you can hear in track 1, on the CD. SPEED and
> ENEMY OF THE STATE has also good themes. Which means Williams is not the
> only one.

I never said that Williams was the only one. Just that he´s the only guy (of Horner, Zimmer and Williams) consistently writing interesting scores...




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