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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Tracklist:
After the Last Jedi I thought Williams might just phone in the last Star Wars Score. No, its just not in the man to do so and this score shows a lot of love he has for his fans and the material. I would say that the Force Awakens is probably the best of the sequel scores due to the introduction of new character themes but I find this overall more enjoyable to listen to. I also found the "Rise of Skywalker Suite" to be an inspirational, hopeful, moving and satisfying end to Williams work of what is now being called the Skywalker saga. Although the music certainly elevates the film on the screen and adds considerable entertainment value, I wished Bob Iger would have listened to this score and then decided to spend more time getting the last film right. Williams is owed nearly as much credit for Star Wars success as its creator George Lucas. I read a review that says the only thing that brings all of Star Wars fandom together presently (OT, prequels and sequel fans) is Williams' music. His legacy of music is perhaps greater than the great classical masters he emulated. Growing up these 40 years with is music has been a blessing.
Let me start by saying that this OST is amazing. It has all the emotion, action, and intensity you could want from a Star Wars soundtrack. The Rise of Skywalker, The Force is With You, and Reunion are highlights in my opinion. The problem is not with Williams work, it’s with the movie. I’m not saying that I disliked it, but because of what a hatchet job it is, the score suffers. There’s SO MUCH POTENTIAL and it had to be wasted. Additionally, Williams isn’t given a chance to let his music pan out. There are no long battle sequences or anything of the like; the longest cues tend to be about two and a half minutes. So much potential wasted, but what we got is amazing nonetheless.
John Williams has released the best Star Wars album since Empire Strikes Back. So many great themes. The Rise of Skywalker theme is great. A fitting end to the final Skywalker chapter. Absolutely love John Williams.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker made its debut in theaters on December 20, 2019 to conclude the Skywalker Saga after 42 years of storytelling. One of the constants of these films has been the muscial scoring by Composer John Williams, who, I assume, everyone reading this review knows. Star Wars sountracks are a big part of my music library, and have been since I was a kid. I enjoy each and every piece, and there is no other music that automatically puts a smile on my face than that glorious fanfare with every opening crawl. Although I enjoyed music from this particular soundtrack, I was disappointed with the choices made as far as which pieces of music to include. The soundtrack lacks many of the epic songs we heard during key moments in the film such as Rey's training in the forest, as well as the arrival of the fleet during the Battle of Exegol. Overall, the soundtrack delivers the nostalgic sound that is, as George Lucas put it in 2017 at Star Wars Celebration, "the secret sauce of Star Wars". However, having said that, this soundtrack needed additional songs that were in the film that I believe fans want.
I have been getting all of the John Williams Star Wars soundtracks since I was a kid with the Star Wars LP. I grew up on the OT soundtrack albums and was happy when the supplemental material was later published to fill out what was missing due to space constraints in those days. This album, in several instances, does not even contain the actual music that plays in the movie that it references. For example the "prologue" portion after the opening SW theme. The most obvious is "Journey to Exegol" when in glimpses sounds like it, but this was imo a standout piece of chase-like music with strings in the movie as Kylo Ren and similarly later when Rey goes to Exegol. Not the same music. Each Star Wars soundtrack has several pieces of unique music that are added with the new movie. Not really so with this one, although there are some nice variations to Rey's theme. In this album are a lot of regurgitaed old Emperor themes from ROTJ and the "finale" sounds like a compilation musical piece that touches on all major themes from OT and ST. I've never been disappointed in any of John Williams' SW soundtracks until this one; on the most part they are iconic, the guy is a composing legend. Just don't know what happened putting together this one and why some of the music is different than in the movie.
Williams can always be counted on to deliver inspiring and affecting work and once again he comes through. The tragedy is his work on this trilogy is far better than the movies themselves deserve. It is with great irony that such unimaginative and poorly thought out mega budgeted cash cows are blessed with such wonderfully conceived and executed scores.
The sound mixing/editing in the movie is so bad and loud that you lose out on hearing most of this score, the title track in particular, which I adore. A real shame, as Williams work has always elevated Star Wars, whether it’s a good moment or a bad moment. But at least we have the album to listen to and imagine what could have been.
Wlliams is a legend, obviously. No one disputes this. And there are some very good tracks here. But most of it's pretty average. And one track (The Speeder Chase) is actually bad. Nothing here rises to the level of The Spark from The Last Jedi soundtrack. This one's for SW and John Williams completists only.
I am a huge Star Wars fan, and I want to say my appreciation for Williams’ latest masterpiece, but I can’t find the words. All I can say is “Thank you. You have given me an amazing childhood. Thank you so much.”
A few of the most popular old tunes are weaved in to some of the new tracks, but they’re still great. As for the purely new tracks, many are quite good, in particular The Rise of Skywalker and Anthem of Evil. And, the movie was really good and the trilogy on a whole was pretty solid despite what all the haters say.
Of course John Williams’ soundtracks are legendary. The Rise of Skywalker is no different. With its various callbacks to previous films in the saga, while adding beautiful new melodies and motifs one could hum to, this soundtrack may possibly the best out of the new trilogy for me. Rey’s theme and the motif for Kylo Ren are for sure standouts for the entire new movies, but Williams’ new theme (track three) is delightful. It has a very somber heroic and adventurous spirit. Overall this soundtrack is a worthy addition to the Star Wars score library as it is epic 5/5. Too bad people can’t actually enjoy the film he music is for. One thing hopefully can do it appreciate Williams’ last in a “galaxy far far away...”
This is without a doubt one of his very best works! I just cannot stop listening to it! Really great!! Moments of real musical magic! It’s up there with anything Mr Williams has done before!
The Rise Of Skywalker (the track) is my new favorite—it soars! To say this new album another masterpiece is an understatement. At a perfect addition to the Saga. Mr. Williams ends in a gorgeous flourish with Finale.
John Williams is as amazing as always! This score definitely felt more like the music from the original trilogy in a lot of ways, mixing in the awesome new themes with the classic old ones. Great movie too!
Obviously John Williams is still a master composer and his Star Wars music is always a pleasure to listen to but this album, like the other two before it, suffer not from a lack of quality but from the director’s style of filmmaking. Williams just doesn’t have the time or material to write epic cues like those found in Empire or Return of the Jedi, and is stick with quick cuts to write what he can, which is good music but not nearly as sprawling and epic as the original films, or even the prequels. And, as usual, pieces are missing which is a real shame.
I thought the movie was a thrilling, beautiful end to the Skywalker Saga, and once again Williams makes sure his score is one of the movie’s greatest assets. For over forty years we’ve known and loved themes from Star Wars, and I’ve absolutely loved all of the new themes he has made for this trilogy. What a beautiful score to enhance what is a stunning end to a saga. Thank you, John Williams, for so many decades of absolutely mesmerizing music.