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Comments about the soundtrack for Jurassic Park III (Don Davis)
Somehow Davis just didn't get it right.

Andrew
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Mikey W.
Somehow Davis just didn't get it right.   Thursday, August 23, 2001 (7:37 p.m.) 

Don Davis' recent attempt to score the new Jurassic movie was a noble try, but in the end proved fruitless. Even with Williams extensive notes on the new score and even some very light transcription from Williams himself, Davis just failed to capture the spirit of the first two scores. At times you feel like you could hum the theme, for example the original Jurassic Park theme, but then Davis tries to put his own twist on the very beloved theme and totally kills it. The main body of the score consisting of music written by Davis is at times much too comical sounding for the scene in which it is used, and there is very little to the action sequence themes, where Williams had vey skitterish and fast moving notes. Overall, Davis' work here is very disappointing considering that we know he can write good music (The Matrix), but he fails to show that here. I say no more Jurassic Park without John Williams.

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Andrew
Re: Somehow Davis just didn't get it right.   Wednesday, May 21, 2003 (6:41 a.m.) 

> Don Davis' recent attempt to score the new Jurassic movie was a noble try,
> but in the end proved fruitless. Even with Williams extensive notes on the
> new score and even some very light transcription from Williams himself,
> Davis just failed to capture the spirit of the first two scores. At times
> you feel like you could hum the theme, for example the original Jurassic
> Park theme, but then Davis tries to put his own twist on the very beloved
> theme and totally kills it. The main body of the score consisting of music
> written by Davis is at times much too comical sounding for the scene in
> which it is used, and there is very little to the action sequence themes,
> where Williams had vey skitterish and fast moving notes. Overall, Davis'
> work here is very disappointing considering that we know he can write good
> music (The Matrix), but he fails to show that here. I say no more Jurassic
> Park without John Williams.

True dat! Though it is obvious that Davis was trying to integrate his own themes in JP3, it leaves us all wanting (and expecting) something more. At the end of the film, we hear a slightly altered version of the powerful Jurassic Park theme we were all waiting for. Despite the lack of violins (the harps were a good edition) it was all right. However, this song was not on the CD, so I ended up searching high and low for the original movie's soundtrack. I found it, but I can not find The Lost World's. For others out there who are fans of Williams's music (Star Wars, Hook, and Jurassic Park), you know how trying this can be. Overall, Davis's scores leave a lot to be desired, and only Williams can save the Jurassic Park magic (music and film) from what it has become. No more JP movies without Williams!!!

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