Soundtrack Review – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Hi all…

Let me preface this review with some thoughts about John Williams. I’ve loved his music ever since seeing Star Wars in the late 1970s. Since then, I’ve probably seen 90% of the movies that John Williams has scored for Spielberg and Lucas. My two favorite soundtracks of his are Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back.

That said, this wasn’t even close to either of those classic soundtracks for me, sorry John.

The last good soundtrack I heard from JW was Revenge of the Sith. I’m not a huge fan of any of the Star Wars prequels, but that was a great soundtrack.

Rating: ★★☆☆

So what didn’t work for me? I think it was that the whole thing hit me much like a repeat of Raiders. The themes were there, but there were no pieces that stood out distinctly. I still get chills when I hear the Map Room music. There were no chills here. In fact, I kept wanting to skip to the next track.

Perhaps it’s time for some of the other soundtrack composers to step to the fore… James Newton Howard and Howard Shore come to mind. They’ve done some amazing work in the last few films each has done.

Like I said — sorry JW. I’m only giving this 2/4. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t do much for me either.

–Fitz

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