John Williams
Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones


3.0
good

Review

by TristarRules2001 USER (11 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2016 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quite a decline for John Williams, but at least it doesn't kill that much decency he has.

THE SAGA CONTINUES, MAY 2002

When that text showed up for the Attack of the Clones trailer, you couldn’t have imagined that this movie would actually be worse than “The Phantom Menace”, despite having so much Star Wars stuff. But once again, people make the statement that John Williams’ score gives the prequels such a great effect.

Truth be told, it’s not as bombastic this time around. Even with “The Phantom Menace”, it had the memorable “Duel of the Fates”, the beautiful “Anakin's Theme”, and even “The Flag Parade”. But this time, there’s hardly anything memorable. There's also a lack of anything epic and moving. "Duel of the Fates" pulled the epic and and moving factor off perfectly. Primarily because of the fast paced instrumentation and choir. This time around, it's really just slow paced and mediocre instrumentation. Of course, John has always been above average, but it seems that there’s been quite a bit of deterioration in his music writing when it came time to write the score to ‘Attack of the Clones’.

The cultural highlight of this album is “Across the Stars”, the Anakin and Padmė love theme. Despite all the other tracks which drop in songwriting quality, “Across the Stars” is one of the greatest compositions John has ever written. It’s romantic, it’s dark, it’s warlike, it’s BRILLIANT!

But that’s basically it. That’s really the only memorable song on the record. And the downside to that track is that we hear it a million times. It is literally put almost everywhere. We hear it so much it starts to become clear that the soundtrack to this movie is not what you would expect from John Williams. He relies on one good song in an attempt to make up for the other flaws in his music, but it doesn’t work.

So that aside, what else is there? Hmm. Well, there’s the “Main Theme”. Still gives everyone goosebumps today. There was “Love Pledge and The Arena”, but that’s just taking “Across the Stars” and making multiple variations to it. And “The Arena” segment really isn’t all that bad. But it’s not that good either.

In the end, not too much has changed. It still is a good soundtrack, whether it’s what you expect out of John Williams or not. He’s always been above average, but this soundtrack doesn’t dazzle you like it does with his earlier works. When you listen to the soundtrack of the original trilogy and even “The Phantom Menace”, you’ll notice a difference in musical styles. John, you clearly can do far better.



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claygurnz
July 3rd 2016


2443 Comments


We should talk about how bad this movie is.

Gyromania
July 4th 2016


20740 Comments


the acting is so good though

parksungjoon
July 4th 2016


3558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

across the stars, bounty hunter's pursuit and the arena (which is reused for the attack on the jedi temple in revenge of the sith) all rule

Aerisavion
July 4th 2016


286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't think this soundtrack was that bad actually

parksungjoon
July 4th 2016


3558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

less memorable than the other ones overall

Aerisavion
July 4th 2016


286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sums up the movie really.



LOOK AT ALL THE PRETTY LIGHTSABERS WOO

parksungjoon
July 4th 2016


3558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah phantom menace is so much worse



like that one is actually painfully bad for most of its runtime at least once you've already seen it once



and this one has a better payoff

Piripichotes
July 4th 2016


233 Comments


phantom menace is WAY worse... gosh it is really horrible..

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TheMrAlexK
July 5th 2016


2581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would give Natalie Portman a hard D for her performance in this movie.

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CL0VER
July 5th 2016


9251 Comments


this is the worst star wars

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CL0VER
July 5th 2016


9251 Comments


we should crash sputnikmusic again guys

tempest--
July 5th 2016


18385 Comments


the good parts of this film are better than phantom menace, but the bad parts are much worse than it so idk
the bit where anakin and obi wan go into that bar chasing the assassin is one of the best scenes in the prequel trilogy imo

TheMrAlexK
July 5th 2016


2581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And the scene where his mom dies.



I predict star wars threads are gonna be banned soon.

rockandmetaljunkie
July 5th 2016


5800 Comments


"We should talk about how bad this movie is".

The only part of the film that sucked was the romance between Anakin and Padme. It was badly written, badly directed, and the dialogues were hilariously awful. The rest of the film is better than APM.



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