Minority Report (Soundtrack) by John Williams

 

 

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Minority Report (Soundtrack) by John Williams

"The Minority Leader"
Review by Christopher Coleman

 

Minority Report (Soundtrack) by John Williams

Minority Report
8/10

Minority Report (Soundtrack) by John Williams

Category  |   Score

Originality 8
Music Selection 9
Composition 8
CD Length 9
Track Order 8
Performance 8
Final Score 8/10
 

 

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Composer 
John Williams

 

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"As it is, Minority Report is a score to appreciate and take pieces from for future compilations. But as a whole, the score lacks that one emotion or theme or motif to help it stand out as a great effort in Williams' remarkable career. "
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Christian Clemmenson - Filmtracks Reviews
Minority Report

 

 


 

 

Composed and Conducted by John Williams
Album Produced by John Williams
Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra, The London Voices
Released by Dreamworks Records - June 18, 2002

More and more, superior films containing fresh and energetic film music are relegated to the shadow of more marketable or better promoted franchise films. Sandwiched between the highly promoted films and accompanying scores for Spider-Man, Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones and the late year releases of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Star Trek: Nemesis, came at least a half-dozen other films that would otherwise be getting much more attention...as would their soundtracks.  Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report is one of those “tweener” projects. Although Minority Report has a sizeable marketing campaign of its own, because it was released during a year of mega-films with mega-franchise marketing budgets, it only managed to ease it way into theatres with a late rush of fanfare and critical acclaim.

John Williams hotly anticipated score for Attack of the Clones has garnered headlines and entrenched itself in online discussions for months.  While his fifth effort representing that familiar galaxy oh so far away, showed a clear improvement over its immediate predecessor, The Phantom Menace, the score, in the eyes of some, still fell short of the three original film scores.  Add to that the questionable edits to the music in the film itself and Attack of the Clones has been considered disappointing in the final analysis.

For this dark and futuristic film, director Steven Spielberg collaborates with composer John Williams yet again.  Matching the circumambience of the film, Williams score is, overall, uncommonly dissonant and features some of the raw percussive energy that the original Jurassic Park demonstrated; a somewhat unexpected but powerfully effective combination.  Minority Report incorporates a handful of elements that helped to separate his score for 2001's Artificial Intelligence from the pack of mediocre-to-solid film music released in that year.  The use of electronic instrumentation, low rumbles undergirding high and suspenseful strings and a haunting solo vocalist are among the strongest ties to Spielberg's and Williams' underappreciated and misunderstood 2001 film.  Minority Report has a pensive and mysterious quality that all good murder-mystery films should have, no matter what the time-period in which it is set.  Like its predecessor, A.I., the film revolves around strong characters and John Williams is able to contrast the dark action and suspense elements with a few solid thematic cues (see track 9 - Sean's Theme ).

While Minority Report remains wrapped in John Williams now familiar turn-of-the-century-style, he returns to a number of techniques which brought him so much deserved attention in the late Seventies and Eighties.  The stringy-suspense of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (see track 1 Minority Report ), and the comedic strings that represented those little Jawas in original Star Wars and in The March of the Villains from Superman (see track 7 - Eye-Dentiscan ) are the two easiest connections to the Williams legendary projects of the past.  The contrasts and harmonies created by the use of both early-Williams and contemporary-Williams styles in one score showcases the thoughtfulness and craftsmanship of the composer to a higher degree than Attack of the Clones reached.

Both Steven Spielberg and John Williams have put forth an effort that may end up being the best of the Summer of 2002.  Minority Report manages to be highly entertaining while having much more depth and meaning than most Summer blockbusters.  Williams score further strengthens the film, not by forcing its way into the spotlight, but by taking an unusually distinctive backseat to the story, dialogue and visuals.  The music of Minority Report is much more entertaining as a separate listening experience, than when heard in the film itself, as both music sequences and themes are allowed to develop uninterrupted.  Those looking for the typical John Williams-thematic-ride, may come away a little disappointed with this soundtrack, but those who have been longing for something a little more daring from the composer will find Minority Report a serious, Summer treat!

From the Liner Notes:

John Williams has done a masterful job in his musical presentation of MINORITY REPORT. The plot and story find their roots in the combination of American film noir and the classic "whodunit" mysteries that were so popular in the era of Humphrey Bogart and filmmaker John Huston. John Williams and I have often marveled at the way Bernard Herrmann was able to contribute so much musical suspense to an Alfred Hitchcock picture. So in that tradition of mystery, suspense and film noir, John has fashioned a fast-paced, yet dark portrait of America in the year 2054 when the murder of one human being by another can foretold through the miraculous gifts of three precognitives. Unlike our other collaborations, John's score for MINORITY REPORT is not lush with melody; it is nonetheless brilliant in its complexity and forceful in its rhythms. It is the kind of music that will start in your spine and eventually find its way to your heart in the section titled "Sean's Theme." If most of John's scores for my films have been in color, I think of this score as his first one in black and white. But as in most of John's music quite often you don't need the pictures to understand the musical story that John is telling you. After all, John Williams is the greatest musical storyteller the world of movies has ever known.

>> Steven Spielberg


Track Listing and Ratings

 Track

Title Time

Rating

1 Minority Report 6:29  *****
2 "Can You See" 3:28  ***
3 Pre-Crime to the Rescue 2:12  ***
4 Sean and Lara 5:48  ****
5 Spyders 4:46  ****
6 The Greenhouse Effect 4:33  ****
7 Eye-Dentiscan 4:48  ****
8 Everybody Runs 3:09  ****
9 Sean's Theme 1:57  ****
10 Anderton's Great Escape 6:47  ****
11 Dr. Eddie and Miss Van Eych 3:08  ***
12 Visions of Anne Lively 3:27  ****
13 Leo Crow...The Confrontation 5:55  ****
14 "Sean" by Agatha 4:59  ****
15 Psychic Truth and Finale 7:10  ***
16 A New Beginning 3:28  ****
 

Total Running Time

73:47  

Minority Report (Soundtrack) by John Williams

*The Experience-O-Meter displays the track to track listening experience of this soundtrack based on the 5-Star rating given to each track.  It provides a visual depiction of the ebbs and flows of the CD's presentation of the soundtrack.

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Referenced Reviews
A.I. - Artificial Intelligence  |  Star Wars:  Attack of the Clones

 

 

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