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Comments about the soundtrack for Minority Report (John Williams)

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blade runner vs minority report
• Posted by: gunga din returns in a more intelligent manner   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, January 17, 2003, at 1:08 p.m.
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Minority Report is a relatively mediocre score. Blade Runner is a superior score. There, was that so hard to listen to, you guys? All of that aside, the only thing more insulting than comparing a lukewarm score like Minority Report and a score like Blade Runner, a piece of musical inspiration that was about 10 years ahead of it's time (vangelis almost never directly influenced the musicians of today, he simply did what they do now), is saying that you prefer John Barry or Jerry Goldsmith to Williams. I rarely get personal about music (being a music fan can be a very selfish thing, especially if you are a pop columnist who writes three sentence reviews for entire albums) but I can just say as a professional film score enthusiast that it is pretentious to hero worship a single composer. Goldsmith and Barry have their share of flaws. For instance, Goldsmith's usage of synthesizers are always ludicrous sounding, and he has a tendency to make excessive use of the brass section. Also, he never seems to motivated to give a B movie anything better than a completely bland score. His scores for The 13th Warrior and the remake of The Mummy were also very lacking in originality. Barry is, contrary to his fanatics, far from perfect. Many a time, a Barry score is decked in prose and bravado. And c'mon you guys, what about Maurice Jarre? Doesn't he deserve some recognition for being one of the best composers of the century?

But what am I doing? I'm nuts over Rudy and Out of Africa! The point is, no composer is perfect, the best of every one of them (that's more than you think) must be embraced. If you're a film score fan, I'm afraid you're going to have to pick and choose your favorites in a world where the best scores are frequently the product of the right movie at the right time. Orchestra worshippers, I suggest you make peace with technology right now.
Vangelis freaks, I suggest you tone down the love; but your praise of the Vangenius was made in good intentions.

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