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Comments about the soundtrack for War of the Worlds (John Williams)
A Disappointment

Craig
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A Disappointment   Monday, July 18, 2005 (11:18 a.m.) 

While I marvel at the technical aspects of this score and its capacity to both evoke and sustain the terror and anxiety of the film, in the final analysis I find it disappointing. The terrible pathos portrayed with the route of humanity calls for a strong emotional underpinning, yet Williams leaves us feeling nothing - a far cry from the wondrous emotional pathos he elicits in Revenge of the Sith with the storming of the Jedi Temple and the Fall of Anakin to name a couple cues. There he used his genius to arouse great emotion, with War of the Worlds the score is as cold and inhuman as the Martians and I am left wanting. Also this is essentially a father daughter story and yet we again find no emotional underpining. Evoking tenderness and love amidst war, death and chaos would surely have strengthened the film. For there to be contrast, darkness requires some light! In summation, this is not a zero sum problem - either terror or emotion, you can have both and as a composer whom I love and admire, I believe the maestro missed the mark here.:(

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Eric
Re: A Disappointment   Thursday, July 21, 2005 (3:43 p.m.) 

I agree with you. I'm disappointed too. This soundtrack adds nothing special to the film. The music works OK in the movie but that's all. Even a horror or thriller needs a theme, yes an 'emotional-tune' theme that reminds to the movie itself (after years...). This is what differentiates a good soundtrack from an average one (usually). And Williams was always able to write such themes, tunes and I hope he is...

This only serves the movie - the action scenes mainly. It's not bad, yeah film-music is written to do this generally. But still, I can't really enjoy listening to the soundtrack from track 1 to track 15.
So I would give ** or *** because of the great rhythmical effects applied, instrumental arrangement for (classical) orchestra and performance.


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Eric
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Re: A Disappointment   Tuesday, July 26, 2005 (1:21 p.m.) 

I have to agree as well. My first thought listening to this was, "Meh. Nothing special." Strangely, it was my last thought listening to it, as well.

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Funny   Tuesday, August 2, 2005 (1:16 a.m.) 

> While I marvel at the technical aspects of this score and its capacity to
> both evoke and sustain the terror and anxiety of the film, in the final
> analysis I find it disappointing. The terrible pathos portrayed with the
> route of humanity calls for a strong emotional underpinning, yet Williams
> leaves us feeling nothing - a far cry from the wondrous emotional pathos
> he elicits in Revenge of the Sith with the storming of the Jedi Temple and
> the Fall of Anakin to name a couple cues. There he used his genius to
> arouse great emotion, with War of the Worlds the score is as cold and
> inhuman as the Martians and I am left wanting. Also this is essentially a
> father daughter story and yet we again find no emotional underpining.
> Evoking tenderness and love amidst war, death and chaos would surely have
> strengthened the film. For there to be contrast, darkness requires some
> light! In summation, this is not a zero sum problem - either terror or
> emotion, you can have both and as a composer whom I love and admire, I
> believe the maestro missed the mark here.:(

If this score was melodramatic instead of terrifying, the film would've not been as effective. If there was anything but dark emotional writing, the film would also not have been as effective. Did you even see the movie? No one should ever judge a film score without seeing the movie the score is based on. Of course.

Tim

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