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Friday, May 20, 2005

Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Mood: Dark, Evil, Brooding & Pumped.
Track Injection: Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith <--- Click to listen (Realplayer)

and then there was one.

It's a long journey from 1977 to today but tomorrow, at long last, we see the origin of Darth Vader and the rise of the Empire.

This is the one that we that grew up with the original trilogy are waiting for, the darker, more malevolent (older audience targeted - Ed) Star Wars.

Will it be any good, by oldschooler classic Star Wars standards?

That we won't know for ourselves until tomorrow, but there are promising signs.

Director Kevin Smith used profanity to describe it, but in a positive manner ("F'ing Awesome" -Ed) Spielberg purportedly wept like a baby, and the mainstream media apparently were none too happy they couldn't tear into Ep3 with as much vitriol as they have become accustomed of late.

For my part, none of that means anything, it's peripheral, but having just heard the Ep3 soundtrack I can say that I am amazed at the orchestral and compositional quality of John Williams Star Wars scoring.

Williams is at the Top of his game, with a Star Wars score with such epic Wagnerian emotional throttle and resonance that it runs the risk of being dismissed for being "too" good.

(read: "this is outstanding, therefore as we can't take Williams seriously as a `classical composer' we'll ignore it" - Ed)

Not that I can speak for all classical music critics, but, in my oberservation, compose for opera and theatre entertainment, and you're heralded as a talent and genius compose for movie entertainment, and you're reviewed as a second class citizen.

We've heard a few of these Star Wars refrains before, but this is no medley.

we haven't heard Star Wars like this, since Empire, with new Operatic segments that ebb and flow and take the listener on a new impacting richly textured dense and often darkly fulfilling emotional journey.

So this at least, bodes well, stars may be aligning on this final entree as in my view: John Williams Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith is an epic sweeping majestic powerful score.

Williams caps his good-by-any-standards Star Wars classic composing career off with a score that is, in my opinion, no hyperbole intended, deserving of an Oscar.

But will the movie live up to its score?

The odds are not terribly good, we shall see soon enough.

You can hear the Star Wars Episode 3 Score to judge it for yourself here.

on The Ministry's Virtual iPod: http://www.geocities.com/michael_xavier_maelstrom/tagradio.html

Looking forward to seeing it tomorrow, provided of course, we manage to get in.


michael maelstrom