Posted by: Justin Bielawa <Send E-Mail> Date: Sunday, April 17, 2005, at 3:49 p.m. IP Address: pc-24-151-1-143.newt1.ct.charter.com
While this review is extremely well thought-out, I disagree about one or two items. The first one is really the only major one and that is that it's obvious that the prequels and the original series are two totally seperated bodies of work. That isn't to say they're apples and oranges but that they have two opposite approaches - exemplified with "Attack Of The Clones" which was more about dramatic and action scenes than thematic Wagnerian material.
Also - smaller things. Grievous does have a theme. Exceedingly obvious is the way over-reaching woodwinds in a motf thats repeated once more toward the end of the track. It's not a hit-over-the-head obvious theme but its certainly there.
I personally think that this is the strongest of the three prequel scores if only because it's the most "adult". Instead of all the pomp and "bright" brass cues that were featured in Episode I - this has serious undercurrents of plodding, interesting drama cues. As you pointed out, the best of these are Anakin's Betrayal, the second half of Anakin's Dark Deeds and The Immolation Scene (a tip of the hat to Wagner if there ever was one) which are absolutely amazing in their emotional depths.
I think this score - despite the obviously weak major theme with Battle Of The Heroes which is no more than a reiteration of the theme from Amistad - is easily a new feather in Williams's hat.