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Comments about the soundtrack for Jurassic Park III (Don Davis)

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Actually, the best cue has no Williams material
• Posted by: Crichton
• Date: Saturday, December 15, 2001, at 7:33 p.m.
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My favorite cue (track 3) is the one completely devoid of Mr. William's themes, which makes me wonder what Don Davis could have composed without the production's leash. However, the family reunion/reconciliation theme curbs that enthusiasm. In the end, I found three of the cues enjoyable, effective and interesting; the opening sequence, the plane crash (track 3) and when the Michael Jeter is first introduced (speaking on the phone while the two mercenaries test their weapon) -- though this and track three utilize the same theme. The rest of the cues are one big trivia quiz: place the lifted themes. Does it all work well in the film? It's a little bit busy, but Yes. As a listening experience, maybe not. But I just watched the video and I found myself playing the CD today in the car so I guess listening experience or not, I'll be playing the score down the road again.

I do have a wish though. Should the producer's decide to hit the park one more time, I hope they take both the script and score to a deeper level. The Random House audio book of Jurassic Park exhibited some interesting music that is very un-Williams yet extremely effective which would indicate that a different direction with the score might be the shot in the arm the franchise needs. But that will only work if the script calls for it and decides to bring the human characters to the foreground. If the Jurassic Park franchise decends into Batman-hell (that is, the only thing audiences have to look forward to are different dinosaurs/villians, then the series will end at four, thus depriving us from future scores.

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