So this thread idea came from the SW Ep 7 news thread, where we're discussing/debating about the 81 year old legendary film composer coming back...well not coming back since he's been with SW since the very beginning, but more like stay on. What astounds me is reading online people honestly seriously suggesting that he needs to be sent off to the retirement home in favor of Michael Giacchino, who J.J. Abrams has employed for his movies.
No offense to Michael G., he's great, love his shit. I'm sure he would do terrific with SW. But...he's not John Williams. And that's just my nostalgia reeking its ugly head. Plus unless I missed something, Williams is still working and still doing good stuff, even at his age. To ignore that reeks of ageism. Whatever one thought of the SW Prequels, Williams did stellar music for them in spite of everything else. I'll admit his work on LINCOLN was forgettable, but TINTIN? Terrific. Who knows, maybe Disney/Abrams will do what some folks are clamoring for, and have Williams and Giacchino collaborate? We'll wait and see. Somebody in that SW thread mentioned that Williams has said that he would like to score more movies, but people don't call him. That idea, if its true, just baffles me. I'm sorry but it does. Why wouldn't people want Williams if they could get him to score their films?
Meanwhile lets celebrate one of the greatest film composers, arguably the best ever. (Honestly I might still have Hermann over him, but that's my prejudice.) I'll start off with very much underrated work he did for the (solid) Brian DePalma movie THE FURY.