In a recent news story, John Williams states that Indiana Jones 5 may be the final film to which he’ll apply his musical magic.
With that in mind, let’s hear your thoughts about your favorite John Williams film scores, those works that you love and consider to be memorable and extraordinary, the way his music accentuates and enhances your favorite movie scenes, and his place in film history.
And of course, let’s not forget where John Williams got his start in cinema: with the MST3K’d film, Daddy-O!
I don’t have a technical knowledge about musical composition and what works/doesn’t work and all, but I’ll say this: I can’t talk about the score from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial without getting emotional.
Williams has done better work elsewhere, but his E.T. score? That’s a pure emotional journey, right there.
And I love the hell out of Jaws, which I feel has more to offer than its famous main shark theme.
My memory is unfortunately hazy, fuzzy, and full of more holes than Wiffle-brand Swiss cheese, but I remember going to Jurassic Park as a youngster and loving the hell out of the whole experience, especially THAT score.
The reprise of the Raiders March as Katanga and his crew spot Indy clinging to the German submarine? How that reprise soars as Katanga salutes Indy and his crew cheers Indy on? Flipping majestic.
Good for him for still being able to work at such an advanced age.
People have bashed him for being so commercial or mainstream, but in doing so, you’re also putting down his body of work, aren’t you? And I can’t deny that the Darth Vader theme and so many others (JP comes to mind as well) are just classic.
Morricone is always going to be my favourite composer, but John Williams is one of the best as well.
There was a good interview someplace (TapeOp magazine? don’t remember) with his son, Joseph (?) Williams, apparently lead singer for bits and pieces of the band “Toto.”
I still sometimes get confused because of the classical guitarist John Williams, but, yeah, maybe John Williams didn’t have the pedigree of some of the European refugees responsible for film scores in the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1960s, but he always hit it, and but good.
Don’t ask me why. Not sure. It just really grabbed me when I saw it in the theater—especially the climax of the grail theme as the temple is collapsing and Neil Connery’s brother convinces Junior to let it go.
All iconic movies and all with iconic music. I can’t pick just the Imperial March or Indy’s theme. The overture for Superman better than Jurassic Park?
John Williams is a national treasure. That’s the music of my childhood. And let me tell you, hearing an orchestra play his music live while watching the movie … man if you ever get the chance, take it. It is magical.
So no, I can’t pick just one. Even something silly like Space Camp still had that John Williams touch.
And there’s so much gravitas in the Grail Knight laying down the rules and the boundaries of immortality, but as compelling as the dialogue and visuals are, it’s Williams’s underlying score that takes it to a whole other level.
I feel the same way about the recurring “fortune and glory” leitmotif we hear in Temple of Doom.
I really like the Star Wars music, in part because much of it is inspired by one of my favorite works: The Planets by Gustav Holst. I love listening to The Planets and hearing the musical themes that John Williams turned into the Star Wars score.
I really, really love the Star Wars soundtracks. Every single score he’s done, including the new movies. Just every single one touches my feelings and compels me. “Duel of the Fates”, “Across the Stars,” “Rey’s Theme” the sweeping motif used in many of the songs in the original trilogy. UGH.
Non- Star Wars though I’d definitely go with the Jurassic Park theme, which is also a real emotional one for me haha