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The Big Friendly Giant - John Williams (2016)

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Howard Hand, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. Howard Hand

    Howard Hand Jedi Master star 4

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    Figured I might as well make a thread for this. It's an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book. Spielberg is directing, Melissa Mathison (E.T The Extraterrestrial) is writing, and John Williams is scoring. It's set to come out on July 1st of this year.

    I'm not sure how the film will turn out (Spielberg tends to be hit-or-miss with these types of movies) but the Fantasy genre consistently brings great stuff out of Williams.

    And according to a recent interview, work on the score has already started.

    Here's the teaser trailer (the music heard here isn't Williams though)







    * And yes, I know that BFG also stands for "big ****ing gun"
     
  2. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'm excited for this one. Should be a great score from Williams!
     
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  3. Howard Hand

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  4. Seagoat

    Seagoat PT/ST/Music Section Moderatator star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Ah, one of my childhood favourites from elementary school. Never imagined what the music for it would sound like

    But now JW is gonna make it happen!
     
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  5. Strilo

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    Howard that's awesome! Fun to read those tweets...
     
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  6. Howard Hand

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    More John Williams quotes from the recording sessions with some minor clues about how the music will sound .
    https://twitter.com/JKMSlibrary/status/725848725361303552
    https://twitter.com/JKMSlibrary/status/720116045848186885
    https://twitter.com/JKMSlibrary/status/71921551175049216


     
  7. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    He's so witty! I love that Bohemian comment.
     
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  8. Howard Hand

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    http://www.moviefone.com/2016/05/11/steven-spielberg-the-bfg-d23/
    A small quote from Spielberg about the score.

    From the sounds of it, it'll be very much in line with the musical storytelling of Williams' recent scores. The talk of thematic significance bodes well for it being more of a dramatic score (War Horse) than a comedic score (The Adventures of Tintin).
     
  9. Howard Hand

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  11. Howard Hand

    Howard Hand Jedi Master star 4

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    It looks like that bit I just posted earlier is part of the score. An undeniably Williams statement of the same theme
    Starting at 11:05.


    The first Hook-ish statement of the main theme is absolutely delightful but the whimsical mickey-mousing that follows it is boring as hell. Williams has milked that sound to death in Hook/the Potter scores/Tintin (plus comedy scoring is never funny). Here's hoping it takes up as little of the score's running time as possible.

    sorry about the triple-post but I had no choice due to the editing system's time limit
     
  12. Strilo

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    Bring on the Hook-ish stuff!! :D
     
  13. Howard Hand

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  14. Leoluca Randisi

    Leoluca Randisi Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    you can now get it on Spotify! I love it, It reminds me of the original Harry Potter!!! I have listened to it about 6 times or so and I love the movie also!
     
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  15. Howard Hand

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    I've listened to the score several times and seen the film. Overall, I think this is one of Williams' weaker efforts. There are some nice lyrical and thematic moments but so much of the score is dedicated to mickey-mousing that does little to advance the musical narrative and is very derivative of his Home Alone/Hook/Potter sound.
     
  16. I Are The Internets

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    I think Williams is done with the big bombastic scores. The man is 82.
     
  17. Howard Hand

    Howard Hand Jedi Master star 4

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    Eh, I wouldn't say that. Williams just didn't seem particularly inspired by this particular project. Plus the glacial pacing and high-slapstick level of the film didn't help.
     
  18. Leoluca Randisi

    Leoluca Randisi Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    It reminded me of Harry Potter I loved It!!!
     
  19. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Isn't John 84?