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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (John Williams)

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Not Every Painting Can Be A Masterpiece
• Posted by: Adaman
• Date: Saturday, May 21, 2005, at 4:46 a.m.
• IP Address: pool0027.cvx30-bradley.dialup.earthlink.net

Even the great painters don't paint a masterpiece every time. I am big fan of John Williams and own almost all his soundtracks on CD and even a few on that ancient media referred to as 33 1/3 RPM vinyl. I have a background in music and enjoy playing some of John Williams music on the piano. So I am by no means an anti-Williams person, I'm far from it. But I do feel that Revenge of the Sith is only "average" Star Wars music when it should have been "outstanding" Star Wars music. After listening to the CD the first time, I enjoyed Battle of the Heroes, Anakin vs. Obi-Wan, and Anakin's Dark Deeds. But for the most part, I finished listening to the CD thinking "is that it?". I waited three years for this score, expecting it to be full of exciting arrangements of The Imperial March, The Emperor's Theme and Duel of the Fates. I expected there to be a great new theme for Grievous. To my surprise it was quite the opposite! The Imperial March is rarely heard, except in Anakin vs. Obi-Wan which is a rip off of the "Through the Window" music from Empire. The Emperor's Theme is almost non-existent, except for a few seconds at the end of one track. Duel of the Fates is absent. The theme for Grievous is less then melodic and not what you would call a catchy tune. I tried to reserve judgement until I experience the film in the theater. But once I did, it only solidified my feelings:

Here is Anakin becoming Darth Vader, yet we never really get a strong statement of the Imperial March.

Here is the Darth Sidious becoming the Emperor and reorganizing the Republic into a GALACTIC Empire. This is a grandiose act on an epic scale showing the Emperor in full glory and a requirement for the Emperor's theme, in my opinion and yet we don't get it. Nor is it used in any of the important scenes with the Emperor. The theme is used very weakly here and there to show the Emperor's shuttle in transition and that's all we get.

Here is the longest light saber battle of all the films, but we don't hear Duel of the Fates. Even George Lucas questioned Williams on this one.

The End Credits is such an abomination that it's no wonder they edited the track for the credits in the film. What should have been a Dark Side medley featuring music from this film ended up being an out of place rehash of the music from "The Throne Room" from Star Wars.

I don't understand most people's great reviews about the soundtrack or why people are flipping out because one star was subtracted...I guess we were all so desperate for new Star Wars music that any crumb would seem like a meal. So FILMTRACKS and Clemmensen do not need to apologize for anything, as the 4 star review is right on, if not more then it deserves.




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