Rogue One Soundtrack – It’s Not John Williams, But That’s OK Kids
I never thought that my first blog post about Rogue One, A Star Wars Story would be about the soundtrack. In fact, I have a post about the movie in the works. In a nutshell, I LOVED THE MOVIE!!!. That said, I have been hearing others say they did not like the soundtrack. And after listening to just half of the score, separate from the movie, I had to write something about the music first.
If you know anything about me you will know that, at age 16, the Star Wars soundtrack was the first vinyl record I ever bought myself. I saved my babysitting money to buy it. That John Williams score opened up a life long love and appreciation for movie soundtracks.
This track in particular was what prompted me to write this post. Please listen and then read further. I’m listening to it as I write this.
I know it’s not John Williams kids, but that’s OK, embrace the change. As much as we wish he could, John Williams will not live forever. We are so lucky to have him scoring the Saga films. But, God forbid, anything could happen and he may not be able to complete his work. Who would you pick to step in and finish what he started? I’d pick Michael Giacchino and I’m betting Lucasfilm will too. Some say Giacchino took over for Alexandre Desplat because of Desplat’s scheduling conflict after the reshoots. Some say Lucasfilm was not happy with Desplat’s work. What ever the reason, Giacchino only had four and a half weeks to score this movie, FOUR AND A HALF WEEKS!. I say, given the time he had, he did an excellent job of creating a score that went perfectly with a new and fresh Star Wars movie. The above theme is hopeful, heroic and mournful, all the things that Rogue One is. The theme conveys all of who Jyn Erso is and what the movie is about. I believe this is 100% Giacchino’s work. Throughout the movie he showed respect and reverence to the iconic Williams themes of Star Wars by placing them in the film at just the right moments. But there had to be, there should be, a piece from this film he can call his own, the Jyn Erso & Hope Suite is that piece. The violin moved me to tears and the whole theme gives me goosebumps. When the hairs raise on the back of my neck that’s when I know a piece of music has moved me.
I urge any who are having difficulty liking the soundtrack to spend some time with just this theme, I think it will change your mind. Listen up Star Wars fans, young and old, we are taking our first steps into a larger world. The new is mixing with the old in a wonderful and exciting way, just let it in.
*Hugs* and may the Force be with you
I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.
Now I must go and listen to the rest of the soundtrack…..bye
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