Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (John Williams)

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Soundtrack Cover

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Soundtrack Cover

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Soundtrack by John Williams (2005)

Get it:  If you like the new trilogy’s music but with a more mature feel

Don’t get it:  If you’re looking for the ‘alone in space’ feel that you get from Episode IV

This month’s Star Wars review is here!  This time we’re discussing Revenge of the Sith.  This is the most recent piece of Star Wars music we have until The Force Awakens comes out later this year.

What’s different here?  Well, almost immediately there is one major difference.  Unlike the other five films, this one, after the main theme ends, actually does NOT fade to space via strings.  No – instead, it strikes right into the midst of a battle.  Although the film does not use the music like this, that is still how the soundtrack goes.  On that note, there are a few things done in the soundtrack that either were not used or not to their full extent in the movie.  However, they are more than noticeable in the OST.

This score continues the new feel of the prequel trilogy, with one main difference.  It seems more mature.  Virtually all of the mystery and wonder is gone.  Now, the focus is more on the battle between good and evil with evil having the upper hand.  It’s a big score.  There are lots of heavily dramatic brass moments, but, as with real-life applications of such drama, there is also a much softer, albeit ominous, tone to it as well.  This does make perfect sense, though, since the films take the same route.  This is the only film in the franchise (so far) to get a PG-13 MPAA rating instead of the usual PG.  Here’s an example of the brilliant score intensity (notice the quick references to the original trilogy themes, like the ‘Imperial March’)

Intense.

The part that is most intruiging about this score is how it is quite grand in one sense while it still remains so intense without incorperating much majesty.  If you listen to the final track, you will see (or should I say ‘hear’) that Williams, once again, honors the original trilogy music in multiple ways.  Mainly, it ends with the Force theme.  However, if you listen deeper into the track, you will hear a slower, more paced version of ‘The Throne Room’.  Too bad they didn’t use that in the end credits of the film somehow since it would be an awesome way to connect the trilogies – to end the third with the iconic end of the fourth episode.

Which is what’s coming next.  In June, we will be reviewing Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as part of our series lead-up to the December 18th release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  Also, for those who are interested, we will be reviewing the last two Jurassic Park films (we already reviewed the first Jurassic Park) leading up to the release of Michael Giacchino’s score to Colin Treverrow’s film Jurassic World.

Click here or here to buy the soundtrack

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