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From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Score by Michael Giacchino.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.59 x 5.04 x 0.43 inches; 3.32 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Walt Disney Records
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Date First Available : October 3, 2016
- Label : Walt Disney Records
- ASIN : B01LY2IX2D
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,929 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I was horrified when I found out that Williams would not be doing "Rogue One". After all, he created the symphonic sound, the driving heart, of the entire Star Wars universe. I was stunned that they had chosen Alexandre Desplat in his place, as I had believed they would go directly for Michael Giacchino - especially with Giacchino's close connections to J. J. Abrams. When I heard that Desplat's score for Rogue One had been rejected and Giacchino was being brought in with only weeks to go to release, I was nervous... this sort of last-minute replacement has, at times, created a masterpiece (think of James Newton-Howard's 2005 score for King Kong, done on a very similar short timetable after the original score was rejected). But still... how good would it be...?
I've watched Giacchino's progress in the film music industry with a mix of horror and exuberance and admiration. His themes are second-to-none; his work on Jurassic World and John Carter of Mars was fantastic. But his action music often just strays into rhythmic, clashing sounds - nothing melodic, no tune you can hum to like Williams; just an exploding circus sound. And don't get me started on how he uses a chorus... it sounds like warbling chickens. (Oh, and the Klingon chants for Star Trek Into Darkness? Appalling -- rhythmically grunting apes!) and yet, who else really could mimic the Williams style for a Star Wars movie better than Giacchino, despite his sometimes deficient action music and use of a chorus?
Because of a snowstorm here in the northeastern U.S., I was unable to get to the midnight showing, as I had hoped. But I received the score on release date, Friday, and instantly tore it open, eager to see what new music had been added to the Star Wars universe.
I have to say that I'm impressed with the score. Giacchino nicely used some of John Williams' style and orchestration in order to tie his work in to Williams'. I was mystified by the lack of an opening title track like all previous Star Wars CDs, but I found out what that was all about when I did get to see the movie last night.
There is, however, one GLARING error on this release, and it is UNFORGIVABLE: there is no "finale and end credits" track, for when the ending credits begin to roll included on the CD. That was included on ALL previous Star Wars CDs, as they were in each film. This film DID contain that "finale and..." music! But for some inexplicable reason, Giacchino dumped tradition in favor of three closing suites - and most of that music was contained in the closing credits! He would have been far better off following tradition and including the "finale and end credits" the way it's been done before. Without it, the CD feels incomplete and somehow "not Star Wars". Very disappointing, and the reason this got four stars instead of five.
PS - One thing that left me laughing out loud was that they didn't let him do his usual pun-filled titles for each track. However, Giacchino cleverly inserted alternate track titles filled with the usual puns in the liner notes to the CD. Very funny.
That being said, overall the score is very, very good. Giacchino did a fantastic job in the time allotted, and with the exception of the "finale and..." piece being missing, this is an excellent entry into the Star Wars musical universe.
Yeah, I really wish JW could write all of the SW scores, but I also understand that realistically that can't happen with all of the anthology madness that's begun. Ever since it was announced that JW wouldn't be doing the Rogue One score, Giacchino was honestly my first choice (I'm not exaggerating, either—I have friends who can attest to this very subject being discussed way back when).
I like most of the score as a whole, but I'm going to point out "Your Father Would Be Proud" in particular, because that track WRECKS ME. If just listening to a track can make ME tear up, it's a MIRACLE, okay? I kid you not. I'm not someone who cries in movies (or much at all), so for me to cry, it's a VERY BIG DEAL. For a good two months after the last (fourth) time I saw the movie in theaters, I could easily start tearing up anytime I put on that track (not such a great idea while driving,…but, to be honest, I could probably drive completely blindfolded and be a better driver than most drivers where I live, anyway).
I'm not sure what Disney was thinking here. I suppose they were just trying to crank out a Star Wars' film or two on the cheap to make a return. But boy, does this soundtrack speak to that. I mean it's not bad music, or not so that I recall, but it's nothing really outstanding either.
I guess if you're a die hard SW fan, then check it out, otherwise I would pass it up.
While the movie may have had its faults the score was not one of them. For being brought in to replace Alexandre Desplat Giacchino was able to pull off a huge feat. The reworked Star Wars motif that we all know was incredible in in that it said this is Star Wars but bot the heroes you know. The Jyn Erso and Hope Suite sounds like something out of the desert that reveals great tragedy but a true sense of possibility. The Imperial Suit menacing and foreboding in a very classical way using the different instruments in there natural way. The brass are brassy and the flutes and clarinets flourish. The strings provide a rising tension and great chordal backgrounds.
Overall much of this score sounds like John Williams with Giacchino's own personal touches almost as if Giacchino was trying to find the motifs and sounds that would have inspired John Williams. This score in my opinion is Giacchino'd to date.
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Remember, this is a stand alone film but of course very much tied in to what is going on in the saga. So the fact it is not a John Williams score. Michael Giacchino use John's elements to great effect and with affection for the original music surrounding Rogue One.
Full marks for a perfect Score for a perfect Star Wars film.