Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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A Decent Attempt at Adapting the classic Williams themes.
The Clone Wars movie, unreleased at the time of writing, is set between the events of Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith (but before the cartoon Clone Wars series that preceded the release of Episod II). The film is the first part of a CG animated television show, soon to be transmitted to US screens. The music for this film is somewhat more percussive and could best be described as a heightening of the original music composed by John Wiliams. The original theme, whilst recognisable has been given a different treatment, so now it sounds more like a battle fanfare, and other Williams themes are similarly treated. It is an enjoyable soundtrack, and the City of Prague Orchestra do a brilliant job of keeping the tempo high and playing with full gusto. This is unlikely to disappoint Star Wars fans, and after the two slightly darker soundtrack albums for the last Star Wars features, this is a welcome return to a lively mix of marches, sinster dark themes, and some more contemporary style music. Most of the cues are wuite short so do not exceed their welcome and one of the interesting things done by Kiner is that he actually develops some music for the landscpaes, planets and cultures, such as the huts, bringing a new understanding to their characters. Whilst Kiner stays true to most of the Williams themes, he s certainly not afraid to experiment with them and write new material that would bring insight into things previosly unseen in Star Wars movies, such as the music to play at the Battle of Teth. There is one question that may arise in the mind of Star Wars fans is that whether Kiner would be up to writing a score for a Live Action Star Wars feature film. That is a difficult question to answer, since this soundtrack fels more action-oriented, probably reflecting the film, and as it is, it is hard to somment on whether Kiner has the skill to bring the subtext of the Star Wars mythos, that at least in the prequel trilogy, worked ironically, since Williams' music reminded audiences of what is to come. There was an awareness of Star Wars lore in Williams' music that fit the conception of the movies, and it is absent in Kiner's music, but that appears to be intentional since this animated movie (and the soon to be aired TV show) is not supposed to be directly compared to the movies. If they do make further movies, this offering demonstrates Kiner is up to the challenge, if only the movies continue to explore the fateful them of the Star Wars prequel universe. Recommended and highly entertaining, well orchestrated, and quite varied. This remains familiar, and brings new textures to the Star Wars universe.
Due to some of the other reviews, I was really prepared for the worst when downloading this album. Actually, I was impressed. Though it lacked John William's natural flair and brilliance, I think Kiner did a great job (though some bits where he tried to copy Williams sound ghastly). The main title theme is especially good.
Great soundtrack for a great film!
Main theme seems to be more modern than the original which I think is good as this film is made using modern filming techniques. Overall think the soundtrack is great, mixes dark and light together for the darker themes in the film. I like it!