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Comments about the soundtrack for Minority Report (John Williams)

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A small overlook to Williams's last 3 Scores
• Posted by: iBug   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, July 14, 2002, at 1:27 p.m.
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I didn't watch Minority Report yet but I listened to the score and I must say that I'm not impressed with the last efforts of Williams.
After A.I. which was the last time I liked a Williams score really much we had Harry Potter, Episode 2 and Minority Report.
I won't write everything in detail since I wrote so many comments on the first 2 but what I want to emphasize is that Williams is slowly fading away to the storytelling and storytelling only. Spielberg clearly writes out in every CD booklet that Williams is the best musical storyteller of all time and I think he's right. Williams tells the story every time with notes and sounds. But the problem is in these 3 scores he doesn't go further than telling the story for me. Harry Potter has a nice theme, Star Wars has a great theme but the general sound of the scores is not really fun to listen. Especially think of Star Wars, except Across The Stars suite there is no track which I listen and really feel something. Also in Harry Potter, Harry's Wondrous World track is a really good suite and has beautiful music and the concert suite at the end combines several themes and makes a nice track to listen but the other tracks are even entertaining are just telling some story, they don't make sense without the pictures in my mind. The Quidditch track for example, when I put the DVD and put the CD and synchronize both I have a nice 6 minutes. Since I know the scene and every small movement-action in the scene I have fun when listening to the track, also for the chess game track, it has some entertaining percussion with some tension in it, with the film great, listening is also fun but the fun comes mostly because I like the action in the scene and I like the usage of the music to make that action stronger and those make me like the music. Take Episode 2, take the 3 action tracks Zam Chase, Jango's Escape and the Arena, everyone of them contain the same kind of music as I mentioned before, fun to listen especially the Zame Chase, it has some incredible percussion use and really nice tempo and some unique sounds for a Williams score but not enough. Definitely not enough. Then I listen to Minority Report, it has no remarkable theme like Episode 2 or Potter. The only interesting tracks are 8,9 and 10 except the end titles or the opening suite. Track 10 is a strong action cue but it's exactly the same type of music as the Zam Chase or Quidditch Match. Fast tempo, nice percussion, nice brass, nice vibraphone but still something is missing. I think the only great track in Minority Report is track 8. It's really something new for me, great string work and as harmonically it's quite complex and as a track it's complete because it is not cut to parts with some slow passages, it begins, it gets stronger and it resolves. The only flaw is that it's too short.

I'm not finding these scores quite impressive because that something which is missing from all of them used to be in every Williams score before. When I think of E.T. finale or Close Encounters finale or Superman, those scores went far more than storytelling. They greatly told the story but they were also great music without the story. I just don't want to hear any brass going to higher tones because Anderton is flying higher, I want to hear more melody, more harmony in the music. The action cues are based on only orchestration, maybe that's why Williams recommends Don Davis to make JP 3 score, Davis is a great orchestrator and for JP 3 with the original themes the only thing the movie needed is orchestration like Williams did for the first 2, even not as successful as the first 2 scores. A.I. and Patriot were the last Williams scores which had melody in almost every track. I hope we will see more old type Williams music in Indiana Jones 4 and Episode 3 because I miss that music.

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