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John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

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It's so great to be excited about a STAR WARS score again. I was obviously excited for FORCE AWAKENS too, but that didn't deliver in the end. Then ROGUE ONE had both Desplat and Giacchino involved, my least favourite composers (as I said when MG replaced AD: "it's like exchanging ketchup with mustard on your morning cereal"). And then -- predictably -- the score was so bad, it physically annoyed me.

 

But now -- with one of my favourite current composers attached (and one who's kept a better sense of "adventure freshness" than even ol' Johnny himself), I'm actually genuinely excited.

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9 minutes ago, BloodBoal said:

I want something like his Evolution main theme!

 

 

 

I don't really know if that would suit Han Solo or not, but I do love that theme to bits...so have a free like. 

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Powell is a good choice, much better than Zimmer or any useless lacky like Jackman, but all of Powell's fantasy music sounds the same, which is a worry. That Evolution clip above sounds exactly like HTTYD, and Pan, and Shrek, and Kung Fu Panda, and Chicken Run (my favourite score of his. co-composed with HGW.)

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Silence Giacchino fan!

 

2 minutes ago, BloodBoal said:

 

At this point in film music history, I'm more concerned about having a theme that sounds awesome than a theme that fits the character it was written for!

 

Definitely.  Good themes are in desperately short supply nowadays.  

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34 minutes ago, crumbs said:

Interesting the press release specifically mentions it will echo the style of the original film. I hope it's not too slavish to existing material.

 

Don't sweat it.  It's just a little public intimidation from Disney to not stray too far musically...or else we'll get Rogue One: 2  ;) 

 

"the first time was only a warning..."

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24 minutes ago, Demodex said:

I've never heard of this guy. I hope he does as good a job as the Rogue One composer. 

 

1 hour ago, Muad'Dib said:

 

WHAT

 

Start with this

 

 

 

 

 

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Seems a solid choice. I'm not super familiar with his scores so don't have strong opinions one way or another, but I'll take this site's collective word for it.

 

I'm mostly glad Zimmer isn't doing this. Not that I don't want him on Star Wars, but he doesn't seem like he'd be a terribly good choice for Han Solo.

 

Also, thinking about Han Solo, it'll be interesting to see thematically what, if anything, gets carried over. I'd say we might see a healthy amount of the Rebel Fanfare and the Main Title (what with their having essentially evolved into all encompassing hero themes) and not much of the Force Theme, but then again I thought the same thing about Rogue One and we got the opposite. Most intriguing is the fact that Han never got a proper theme - or did he? I suppose this will probably put to rest the oft floated (and absurd) idea that Han and the Princess is a theme for Han.

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Powell is an interesting choice.

 

He usually doesn't incorporate pre-existing themes (unless they're his own), but Han Solo will definitely be an exception to that. Even more intriguing if Powell will try emulating Williams' late 1970s-early 1980s style.

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25 minutes ago, Manakin Skywalker said:

I keep seeing articles on Facebook saying "John Williams isn't scoring the Han Solo film!" and idiots commenting "oh no, that must be a bad sign! Now I won't see it!" Man I want to slap all of these people in their faces.

 

Maybe he won't do The Last Jedi either!

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Hot damn, I step away from JWFan for just 8 hours...

This is great. Echoing what many have already stated (albeit more eloquently), this was the best possible outcome next to Williams scoring the film himself. Can't believe this is actually happening. I can't wait to hear what Powell comes up with after playing around in the Star Wars sandbox for a couple months. Should be glorious.  

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7 hours ago, Demodex said:

I've never heard of this guy.

 

Whaaaa?

 

7 hours ago, DominicCobb said:

Also, thinking about Han Solo, it'll be interesting to see thematically what, if anything, gets carried over. I'd say we might see a healthy amount of the Rebel Fanfare and the Main Title (what with their having essentially evolved into all encompassing hero themes) and not much of the Force Theme,

 

If Rogue One is anything to go by, we shouldn't expect the Main Title to appear in the spin-off movies, except during the end credits.

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22 minutes ago, BloodBoal said:

 

If Rogue One is anything to go by, we shouldn't expect the Main Title to appear in the spin-off movies, except during the end credits.

As long as the weird and boring title theme we got with RO is gone, I'm OK with that.  (And it's not Gia bashing. His score was nice considering the time and situation it was composed in)

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I'm actually wondering if Disney may want to use the Hope theme as a Main Title for all the spin-off movies (basically as a main thematic idea to connect all the spin-off movies).  Hopefully not (don't see how that could work anyway, if they intend to do movies centered on baddies like Vader and Boba Fett).

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Incredible news! Just about the best film composer available for the job. I do have to say though that sometimes I wished Powell didn't rely too much on the pentatonic scale for his thematic constructs; nevertheless he is indeed a master at working in that particular idiom and it is very much a staple to his style. Either way, we all know that the music for this project is in safe hands, and I eagerly look forward to hear what Powell can deliver to the saga.

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I just realised Powell is basically to Dreamworks what Giacchino is to Disney-Pixar. Another piece of evidence that DW is better than Pixar when they get it right.

 

This is basically the first news that made me excited for the movie.

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Well colour me excited! Let's hope they'll stick with him until the end so I don't have to read about another composer rejected for a Holkenborg score.

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3 hours ago, BloodBoal said:

If Rogue One is anything to go by, we shouldn't expect the Main Title to appear in the spin-off movies, except during the end credits.

 

I'm actually really fond of this "mysterious music - cut to space with a short musical bang" they did. As far as I'm concerned they can skip the cutting to a movie title ten minutes later, they can put that somewhere else.

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