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Star Wars scores best to 9th best

Star Wars scores best to 9th best  

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  1. 1. best Star Wars score

    • Star Wars (1977)
    • Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)
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    • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
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  2. 2. 2nd best Star Wars score

    • Star Wars (1977)
    • Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)
      0
    • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)
      0
    • Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
      0
  3. 3. 3rd best Star Wars score

    • Star Wars (1977)
    • Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)
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    • Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  4. 4. 4th best Star Wars score

    • Star Wars (1977)
    • Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  5. 5. 5th best Star Wars score

    • Star Wars (1977)
    • Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
      0
    • Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  6. 6. 6th best Star Wars score

    • Star Wars (1977)
    • Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
      0
    • Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  7. 7. 7th best Star Wars score

    • Star Wars (1977)
    • Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  8. 8. 8th best Star Wars score

    • Star Wars (1977)
      0
    • Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
      0
    • Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  9. 9. 9th best Star Wars score

    • Star Wars (1977)
    • Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
      0
    • Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (2019)


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By the time we get complete releases a good chunk of posters active over the last couple of months might be gone or replaced by others, so I would like to make this a "carpe diem" poll, and create a field for discussion that shows our current thinking.

 

A lot can change after we get more of missing music, especially from TROS, but then these results will look even more interesting for us from the future.


I decided to make it a poll nonet to make counting easier. I will add statistics in the main post after 30 people vote.

 

So, to kick off: for me:

1. ESB

2. SW

3. TPM

4. ROTJ

5. AOTC

6. TLJ

7. ROTS

8. TROS

9. TFA

 

Statistics (59 votes in):

 

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1. Empire Strikes Back

2. Return of the Jedi

3. A New Hope

4. Revenge of the Sith

5. The Phantom Menace

6. The Rise of Skywalker

7. The Force Awakens

8. The Last Jedi

9. Attack of the Clones

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  1. ESB - No brainer
  2. ANH - No brainer
  3. ROTJ - No brainer
  4. TPM - I favor trilogy starters with new material. Very inspired writing. 
  5. TFA - same as 4.
  6. ROTS -  More emotionally invested finale. 
  7. TROS - Good finale, but hard to compete with the others. 
  8. TLJ
  9. AOTC - Love theme, and not much else. 

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1. ROTJ

2. TPM

3. SW

4. TESB

5. ROTS

6. AOTC

7. TFA

8. TLJ

9. TROS

 

I'm fairly surprised by how low AOTC is. The Love theme is pretty, but the action music is unlike any of the action music in the other films. "Zam the Assassin", "On the Conveyor Belt" and "Entrance of the Monsters" are all just great.

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6 minutes ago, Holko said:

All I know is that STAR WARS is on top and Attack of the Clones is on the bottom.

 

Somewhere in the universe, there is an alternate reality where Attack of the Clones is the only Star Wars score/movie in existence and the JWFan forum in that world worships it.

 

*cue Across the Stars*

 

But for real AOTC is fantastic.

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I never managed to really care for Across the Stars and all I remember of it in complete form is that it's a total bore. I do really like the OST, though.

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Here's mine.

 

1st Best

The  Empire Strikes Back

 

2nd Best
The Phantom Menace

 

3rd Best
Attack Of The Clones

 

4th Best

Revenge Of The Sith

 

5th Best
Star Wars (1977)

 

6th Best
Return Of The Jedi

 

7th Best
The Last Jedi

 

8th Best
The Rise Of Skywalker

 

9th Best
The Force Awakens

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Best to worst:

 

TESB - Utter perfection

ROTJ - Great colorfulness and the great number of highlights offset any structural messiness

SW - The original, though the above two add more to its thematic repertoire. Weirdly "alien" sound in a good way

TPM - See ROTJ. Also great new themes.

TFA - Great new themes and strong musical architecture. Lack of big highlights to an extent though.

ROTS - The best highlights of either prequel/sequel trilogies, great underscore, is very emotional, also has rather messy musical architecture

TROS - Have to let it sink in more to decide, but this position looks pretty right

AOTC - Great love theme, but mostly auto-pilot Williams

TLJ - Auto-pilot Williams. In a pinch more enjoyable than AOTC, but the new themes are less interesting.

 

 

 

 

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I feel them in 3 roughly equal groups:

1. ESB SW ROTS

2. ROTJ TPM TROS TFA

3. TLJ AOTC

 

Basically the difference between **** and *****
I mean Williams doing Star Wars is in it's own class anyways.
 

Anyone notice that currently TPM is both 4tn and 5th?
 

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It'd be curious to see how people rank the films alongside the scores. Because I think to some degree the film biases you one way or another, but also more importantly in my mind the quality of a score for me is in large part determined by how it works with the film itself.

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That's hard. Only thing clear to me is that ESB is at the top of my list and AOTC is at the bottom. So maybe something like:

- ESB

- ROTJ / ANH

- ROTS

- TROS (maybe I'm lured by the novelty? we'll see in a few years)

- TPM (great but this kind of writing is less my cup of tea these days)

- TFA / TLJ (TFA gives us Rey's Theme, March of the Resistance and Jedi Steps, but has too much boring underscore. TLJ is a better listening experience overall, and has the best action music of the sequel trilogy).

- AOTC

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ESB and ANH consistently duke it out for first in my book. "Gut reaction" picks between those will vary depending on my mood.

 

At the other end, TLJ is a definitive low point for me. There's some very good stuff in there, but the literal interpretation of the temp track and the stretches of tepid underscore make for a stark contrast with the other eight scores.

 

I can't vote yet because I haven't listened to TROS outside of the film yet. But even once I've listened to that album, voting will be nearly impossible. I reeeeaaaaally like my Star Wars scores.

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