So I know you reeeeeeally hate John Williams, but I was wondering if you've actually heard the score for The Book Thief? I know it probably won't change your mind, but I'll say it's easily one of the most moving film scores I've ever heard. from Anonymous
In the interest of attempting to be impartial leading up to the Oscars, I did in fact listen to the album. And while it was a blessing not to be assaulted with John Williams’ signature sounds, it was certainly his go-to bag of secondary tricks. It’s second-tier Williams, to be precise: low key instead of thudding bravado, syrupy instead of frantic. I was sorely unimpressed, but more about that in a second.
For long-winded thoughts on the topic of John Williams, traipse below the break. To live your life to the fullest without having to bog yourself down with the angry mumblings of a person from the Internet, continue merrily along.
Jared is probably my second favorite person to talk to about film scores (second only to my Music for Cinema professor last semester who I spent half an hour talking to after class every week). I enjoy talking to Jared about scores because he actually knows what he’s talking about. Most people don’t understand past the point of music that’s in a movie, which is fine. The great thing about scores is that you can completely ignore them if you want to, enjoy their function on screen, or enjoy them on their own, especially if the film itself is utter dogshit.
Anyone who’s spoken to me about film scores likely knows that I don’t care for John Williams, and I’m pretty sure Jared and I rant about John Williams to each other once a week (even though we have the exact same opinion on him and our conversations honestly can’t go anywhere they haven’t already). I would like to write a post about my feelings on John Williams, but obviously, Jared said it better. Check it out.