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Yes, the sound mixing in the movie is bad, you can't listen the music properly, is buried under a lot of sound effects.<br><br>It was one of those situations where 'the music is trying to overlook the thunderous sound effects',I do kinda prefer the 2014 score over the KOTM score, but McCreary's work does deserve more love than just being called a 'retreat of the original theme'.<br>It also deserved to be heard more, but the movie's sound mixing was terrible.Wasn't expecting to see someone else here for the same reason. Really hoping those two soundtracks return, they're great for studying music.Are Steve Jablonsky and Rupert Greyson-Williams still apart of RCP or they went solo too?I wouldn't disagree that Godzilla KOTM is a good score since it works very well for the movie and by itself. I'm just saying that Junkie XL can bring something new and interesting to the franchise which hasn't been done before.
Before someone jump, i will said in this kind of movies, change a composer is very common, don't say i don't want McCreary will be back, only i prefer other people try other things.<br><br>Like i said, i listen very OFTEN the three scores in this movies, and i love each style (as for the movies... well, prefer G14 and KSI over KOTM)@Moggyman<br><br>If you think that all McCreary did was modernize the Godzilla theme, you clearly haven't listend to the score.<br>He indeed used and modernized the themes for Godzilla & Mothra.<br>Besides that he wrote new themes for Rodan, Ghidorah, Monarch, The Russel Family and a theme he called the Ancient theme.<br><br>Besides this, he used the orchestra, choir, soloist and specialty instruments in the best way they can be used.<br><br>His score was one of the best blockbuster and orchestral scores of the last couple of years, in my opinion.<br><br>Until I hear Holkenborg's score I can't really comment on if it will be good. But at the moment I am sad McCreary isn't coming back. But I am very curious what Holkenborg will doI disagree, the McCreary's score in that movie is really, really good... but I put this, as myself i listen very often the other two: G14 and Skull Island, also really, really good, can't put a score over another because one composer uses a theme (a very mytical one, if you are a movie monster fan), specially in that franchise.<br><br>Yes, Ifukube create a wonderful theme (and the original movie have a really tough score to listen isolated of the movie), but other composer make a wonderful themes (and polaraising), like Otani (which his score for GMK is FULL electronic, but really good) or Oshima (great theme, maybe the inspiration for Desplat's theme), even the most forgotten Reijiro Koroku create a terrific theme for the character in 1984Bear McCreary is a good composer but all he did for Godzilla KOTM was modernize the original Godzilla theme, which isnt super creative. Junkie, on the other hand, may give us a really creative score based on his eagerness to do the project.Yeah besides the massive disappointment that is the movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the even bigger disappointment is that Bear McCreary won't be back for more.
you fool.... its impossible ! everybody knows that there is only one batman theme.... (joke)In a recent interview, Junkie mentioned that he's bringing back themes for Superman and Wonder Woman, while everything else is new. I wonder if he's gonna make a new Batman theme.It's true, there is completely different team from composer to director in crossover :)But the film was particularly bad...<br><br>So I rather have a whole other team do something ELSE lol...Yeah... McCreary's score is one of the best from last year so I'd rather have him again.
I open to ANY composer in this movies.<br><br>To answer the question, YES, i'm ready<br><br>Specially to a guy, who loves G14, KSi and KOTMNo way. After what Bear McCreary did on King of the Monsters last year I definitely want him back.Atli still has his studio at Remote but mostly works from home in Iceland.<br><br>Guillaume game back to settle to Remote a couple of years ago (before he was splitting time between RCP & France).<br><br>Heitor still is at RCP as far as I know, haven't heard anything in a while.<br><br>Nathan Stornetta left Remote in 2015 (against Hans' will !! :)) cause he didn't fancy much that whole Hollywood business. He is home in Switzerland doing his own projects, but also touring with Hans...Atli Örvarsson, Heitor Pereira, Guillaume Roussel and Nathan Stornetta ?Marc left RCP in like... 2003 ? lol<br><br><br>And yes he is, check his page, he just doesn't have much going on anyway.

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  1. The Adventures Of Han (3:47)
    John Williams
  2. Meet Han (2:18)
    John Powell
  3. Corellia Chase (3:32)
    John Powell, Batu Sener
  4. Spaceport (4:05)
    John Powell
  5. Flying With Chewie (3:28)
    John Powell
  6. Train Heist (4:46)
    John Powell
  7. Marauders Arrive (5:13)
    John Powell
  8. Chicken In The Pot (2:07)
    John Powell
  9. Is This Seat Taken? (2:34)
    John Powell
  10. L3 & Millennium Falcon (3:15)
    John Powell
  11. Lando's Closet (2:11)
    John Powell, Anthony B. Willis
  12. Mine Mission (4:09)
    John Powell
  13. Break Out (6:13)
    John Powell
  14. The Good Guy (5:23)
    John Powell, Anthony B. Willis
  15. Reminiscence Therapy (6:11)
    John Powell
  16. Into The Maw (4:47)
    John Powell, Batu Sener
  17. Savareen Stand-Off (4:24)
    John Powell
  18. Good Thing You Were Listening (2:06)
    John Powell
  19. Testing Allegiance (4:19)
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  20. Dice & Roll (1:54)
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Kleius reply Replies: 1 || 2020-05-04 19:03:16
What a fantastic score!

Edmund Meinerts2020-05-05 16:54:00
Yep; bears repeating, frequently.

Knight reply Replies: 0 || 2020-04-03 14:13:30
Hmmm, according to Batu's website he worked on the first half of L3 & Millennium Falcon

superultramegaa reply Replies: 1 || 2019-06-13 23:08:14
Just finished watching the movie, and while it's not much more than fine, it's sure as hell better than every other Star Wars movie that's come out since The Force Awakens (minus the ugly fucking visuals).

However the score is absolutely amazing. Powell's adaptation and development of the new Han Solo theme from Williams is flawless, the callbacks to other themes from the series are mostly appropriate (and good on him for not using the Force theme once!) and Powell's original material is fresh and exciting in a way that even Williams himself hasn't been able to pull off with the new films.

Powell might very well be up there with the greatest film composers if he continues to produce work like this from now on (which from HTTYD 3 seems very possible!)

Ian Brown McCarthy2019-06-14 01:56:27
Not to disagree for its own sake, but I think Powell has been up there with the greatest film composers since the first HTTYD score. I just wish he'd take on more projects.

Iamtommie reply Replies: 0 || 2019-03-26 21:31:35
I don't know what it is but with every Star Wars score I'm kinda getting bored after a while.
But this one, it's just wooow. The musoc stays spectacular every time I listen to it. From the know SW element in Reminiscence Therapy & I to The Maw to the new theme for Han, Chewie, Qi'ra, L3 & Enfys Nest.

It doesn't happen a lot a lot that a movke that I don't like a lot, some parts, but the rest was meh, that the score is still my number 1 of 2018 and one of the best of the last 10 years!!! Hatts off Mr. Powell

Knight reply Replies: 3 || 2019-03-10 17:24:12
Solo: A Star Wars Story album cuesheet credits (from ASCAP)




















Edmund Meinerts2019-03-11 08:47:48
Hm, so, a lot here that contradicts Hybrid's credits above...

Mike2019-03-11 15:06:05
Doesn’t Hybrid usually offer more accurate credits though where the cuesheet may be a bit dodgy?

Knight2019-03-11 15:32:07
Yep but this was the first time where I've seen the additional lads on a score credited almost opposite of where they were on Hybrid's credits.

Iamtommie reply Replies: 1 || 2018-05-24 16:16:54
This score is awesome!! Powell did a great job at making a score that's differet than all the other SW scores, but still you know it's a SW score. He reprised Williams' theme brilliantly and I can't stop to listen to it!!!

Bookman2018-09-16 06:01:45
At 3 minutes into the film there is a great little cue for Qira and Han (when we first meet her). Is that anywhere on the soundtrack?

mpolonest123 reply Replies: 1 || 2018-09-15 02:30:23
So I finally caved in to watching this last night; honestly I was pleasantly surprised. Sure it’s not the greatest film ever (more like “just good”) but I had far more fun with the world building and performances than I had anticipated. Even the fan-service didn’t seem as blatant to me (for the most part).

And yes, John Powell’s score is easily one of the best this year. Each of the themes get amazing development throughout, although I feel like Chewbacca’s motif was slightly underused. And that love theme, wow!
In terms of unreleased material, almost everything is variations of what you hear on album. The only “substantial” missing bits are two variations on the Imperial March and the Duel of the Fates reprise. Hopefully we get a good FYC this year.

mpolonest123 2018-09-15 02:35:48
And little side note: “The Good Guy” is made up of three different cues in the film. Not sure if any others are like that.

Joseph Solano reply Replies: 0 || 2018-09-14 07:12:45
I would love a list of all the themes and leitmotifs from the movie.

Also I would love to see the complete cue list.

Leo reply Replies: 0 || 2018-07-23 04:49:45
Was Anthony Willis responsible for crafting that gorgeous string passage from "Lando's Closet?

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 6 || 2018-07-21 17:39:33
Credits added !

I didn't credit here JW for every arrangements of his theme & old SW themes that can be heard throughout the score.

superultramegaa2018-07-21 18:20:07
No Paul Mounsey credits?

Hybrid Soldier2018-07-21 18:21:04
His part is not in the OST release...

Mike (OTM)2018-07-21 18:33:40
Sweet. I've gotta say, this score surprised me in a good way. I've always loved Powell, but if you told me two years ago he'd write a Star Wars score, I'd have been hesitant about it. But Solo is really, really solid, even without the John Williams main theme. In fact, I like what Powell does with the JW theme better than the theme as JW wrote it.

mpolonest1232018-07-21 19:25:24
You’re absolutely right. Powell did an awesome job of staying within the musical sandbox of the SW musical universe but also was able to bring something fresh and original to the overall sound, something Star Wars really needs right now.

Mike (OTM)2018-07-21 23:37:16
I'm guessing, based on the credits, that Williams worked on "Dice and Roll" directly?

Hybrid Soldier2018-07-21 23:43:55

aldan reply Replies: 0 || 2018-07-21 18:33:24
Wowww so many solo Powell!

The Dude reply Replies: 2 || 2018-07-16 18:13:32
People are on here shitting on Giacchino and Powell saying Rouge One has a better score or people saying Solo has a better score and I’m over here like yep still listening to the Star Wars Original Trilogy And Prequel Trilogy scores over here. But I think they both gave Williams Justice and did good.

Iamtommie2018-07-16 19:58:41
Agree with this 100%

Anonymous2018-07-17 23:50:05
I just wish they had included the finale in both the SW story scores all the music complied together would have been great

guzz reply Replies: 0 || 2018-07-17 19:15:23
It is off topic, but I was really wondering. What do you think about composers doing fan mades on youtube? Do you have a favorite one?

jewen reply Replies: 1 || 2018-06-21 11:47:06
Sorry about my ingnorance, but what means "Additional Music" (Batu Sener, Paul Mounsey, etc)?

Mephariel2018-06-22 23:24:03
It means Sener, Mounsey, and Willis collaborated with Powell and wrote some composition for the score.

Mounsey for example, probably composed some of the percussion elements.

Anonymous reply Replies: 2 || 2018-06-20 10:26:02
Hi guys. Dose anybody know why solo faild in box office ?

Edmund Meinerts2018-06-20 13:46:37
There wasn't really any hype for the movie, it didn't seem like people were all that interested in a Han Solo origin story. Plus it's only been half a year since Last Jedi came out and broke the internet. Unlike Marvel, Star Wars doesn't seem immune to franchise fatigue.

A shame. Hope nobody is stupid enough to think Powell was to blame.

jjstarA1132018-06-21 07:13:47
@Edmund Meinerts:

"Hope nobody is stupid enough to think Powell was to blame." This. Following that same logic, Disney should never have let Williams back after the prequel trilogy.

Edmund Meinerts reply Replies: 12 || 2018-06-18 12:02:55
I know Clemmensen is kind of persona non grata around here (not without good reason), but he put up his review of Solo a few days ago and it's one of the best he's ever written, a fantastic in-depth analysis (and appropriately positive). Worth spending an hour or two reading and listening to help unpack this score's many complexities.

superultramegaa2018-06-18 18:57:48
What site are his reviews on again? Not really sure where to look.

Hybrid Soldier2018-06-18 19:31:41
How dare you mention his name ??

I should erase that post... :P

Anonymous2018-06-18 20:05:14
Who is he and why is he a persona non grata? ô_O

Ds2018-06-18 20:14:14
If you want to understand why he's persona non grata, just go and check out his review of Hans Zimmer's masterpiece At World's End, it sums up pretty nicely the guy's mental issues :p

But his other reviews are mostly OK and that Solo one is indeed very good, worth a read.

NB2018-06-18 20:22:18
'At World's End' is possibly one of his greatest 'missteps' for sure, but he is a mostly reasonable guy when reviewing, and simply has a taste that doesn't accomodate a lot of the more modern sounding scores, which I think is ok, since we all have our preferences. His 'Solo' review is a must read for any fan of the score though. :D

Mpolonest123 2018-06-18 20:32:19
He’s definitely not a bad reviewer, and his writing style is pretty sharp. The obvious problem is that he has a strong bias against Zimmer. Most of his recent Zimmer reviews are less spent talking about themes and more so the “issues” with his current style.

Powellfan2018-06-19 06:38:52
The Solo review does look quite good.

Clemmensen comes across pretty badly in many of his reviews. Even some of the positive ones. He has some very strong preconceptions about certain things that sometimes lead him to say some reasonably aggravating stuff.

Interestingly, he stays almost reasonable in his A World's End review. I wouldn't point to that one as his most typical negative review.

superultramegaa2018-06-19 19:17:24
Seriously guys, what site is he on? I want to see this review, but I don't know where it is.

Powellfan2018-06-20 00:12:37
Should be easy to find with google...

superultramegaa2018-06-20 00:41:04
Tried that, couldn't find an author named Clemmensen who reviewed it. (I don't know where to look I haven't seen this guy's reviews before).

superultramegaa2018-06-20 00:44:18
Sorry, just found it.

Olive2018-06-20 03:05:43
Search for "filmtracks".

holygreg reply Replies: 4 || 2018-06-03 11:39:59
For those who have seen the movie, is the CD rather complete compared with the whole score featured in the film ?

Iamtommie2018-06-03 12:23:06

Edmund Meinerts2018-06-04 09:18:18
Nope, I'd say there's at least 30-40 minutes missing, including some quite important cues and thematic references.

DT-20172018-06-10 09:09:20
As is always the case with a Star Wars score: the CD presents the highlights of the score.

Maybe an FYC at awards season has more material, bug for now the album is enough, I think. Just don't expect a sessions leak any time soon: ig hasn't happened for any score in the Star Wars franchise.

Scorefan2018-06-16 22:22:50
John Powell answered in Facebook there is still 45 minutes of music outside from the CD.

berk800 reply Replies: 1 || 2018-06-16 10:15:50
If there is one who can replace John Williams on Star Wars than is it John Powell!!

Great Job!!

ThePhantasm 2018-06-16 16:18:48
Yep, he knows how to do BIG and small moments. He's so versatile. I'm praying rian johnson uses him for his new trilogy

Snoke reply Replies: 0 || 2018-06-06 01:56:00
Oh my God John you did amazing with this score. I loved the Rouge One score but you did amazing with this score. Loved the Enfys Nest theme and how you arranged the Williams score in perfect places is incredible. I want that Imperial March and Dudl if Fates part though.

Edmund Meinerts reply Replies: 5 || 2018-05-31 17:05:19
"Into the Maw" has to be the most uncompromisingly brutal, intense, violent action cue Powell has written yet, even more than X3. That snarling brass! There are parts of that cue where I swear I'm listening to The Matrix. What an insane piece of music. :O

MrZimmerFan2018-05-31 18:56:30
I don't think could top Phoenix Rises... sorry

Altough, great track ;D

mpolonest123 2018-05-31 19:43:42
Very Elliot Goldenthal styled in the brass section....

ThePhantasm2018-06-01 04:50:21
I think the only that might come close to Phoenix Rises is Marauders Arrive. It's pure Powell

MrZimmerFan2018-06-01 20:48:26
Well, Phoenix Rises mixes the most epic/emotional theme from X-Men series with the X-Men's theme from Powell.

And Marauders Arrive is more like mix Avatar (the choral aspect) with the heroic Han Theme (and i think the gang's theme).

And i still prefer Phoenix Rises

ThePhantasm2018-06-02 00:37:39
I prefer Phoenix too, specially how it gets bigger and bigger and even more intense as it builds, and if I'm honest i think Dark Phoenix Tragedy is better than Rises.. but you can't deny there's something special about Marauders Arrive. I think this score could of been even better if john williams didn't compose a theme.... if Powell would of been allowed to do his thing it would of been something even more special.

ThePhantasm reply Replies: 10 || 2018-05-29 00:58:00
As with every John Powell score there's always music missing... why weren't the Imperial march and darth mauls duel of fates theme in the soundtrack. I love the score way better than Rogue one but that really pissed me off. At least with Giacchino we get everything we hear in the movie. Same thing with Hans there's always music missing or it sounds different from what we heard in the film.

Anonymous2018-05-29 01:22:21
another asshole with spoilers

geez not everyone has seen the movie so be considerate please

META2018-05-29 01:58:48
giacchino is a lazy composer of Williams work compared to the hard work Powell did on this one...

and to think, Giacchino's love for Williams is what got him started!


I remember when he started out with that Playstation Jurassic Park 2 video game....

superultramegaa2018-05-29 03:33:51
Yeah, remember when Giacchino had scores like Up and The Incredibles that had a distinct jazz style with some classical sprinkled through?

I remember watching Rogue One and hearing the end credits music and distinctly thinking to myself... "Were these themes in the movie?" Plus the music for the Darth Vader Rebel massacre scene... ugh. One of the most laughable uses of music I have ever heard in a major film in a long time! So cheesy and over-dramatic. What, is Darth Vader a Nazghul now too? Along with that pale orc over there in the corner?

Just remember this, because this is a problem I see with modern film music reviewers. Just because the underscore and overall composition is technically complex does not mean it's a good score. Look at the eras where melodic music was dominant. Are we really going to act like every 1960s/70s/80s orchestral score (I know there were electronic non-melodic ones) was high art? No, there were generic, boring, and forgettable composers with no style before the Hans Zimmer era. IMO, Giacchino's Williams imitation scores would have easily fallen into that category, but people treat his music better than it actually is today, simply because it's more melodic.

I would rather Jeremy Soule or Mark Griskey, composers who have never touched a Hollywood movie, score a Star Wars film than ever let Giacchino near the franchise again. Just keep him away from Williams properties. He's much better when he doesn't have to imitate other composers.

ThePhantasm2018-05-29 04:10:17
Damn I'm so sorry for spoiling that for you, i really am. Completely went over my head bro :(

ThePhantasm2018-05-29 04:13:46
Wow so i'm not the only one that thinks Giachinno is super over rated? i thought i was gonna get chewed out lol i like him he has so many movies coming out a year it's ridiculous. Doctor strange was garbage, so was his spider man homecoming music, while i like war for the planet of the apes he basically ripped off John williams Kylo ren theme.

Medigo2018-05-29 10:52:05
Giacchino is fine. He just spreads himself too thin (or gets brought in too late, like with Rogue One)

Also ripping off Kylo Ren's theme? What?

Macejko2018-05-29 15:14:25
The reason I don't like Giacchino is his pissing on Doyle's brilliant score for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. His music for the second and the third movie were at times utterly abysmal. Plus his constant childish use of puns in his tracklists makes me wanna punch him in the face every time a new score of his is announced.

ThePhantasm 2018-05-29 17:09:54
@Medigo yeah he ripped off the kylo ren theme. go on youtube and look up exodus wounds from War for the planet of the apes, then listen to kylo ren theme. Literally note for note

Iamtommie2018-05-29 19:16:14
If we're talking about ripping music. Listen to Light The Hoop On Fire from Madagascar 3. Than to the main title of Night At The Museum. The opening is exactly the same. And Silvestri was first

Medigo2018-05-30 17:29:07
sounds more like a coincidence to me

Its not like Kylo Rens theme is an original idea

Berkian Warrior reply Replies: 0 || 2018-05-29 22:59:46
AM I WRONG IN SAYING LANDO'S CLOSET HAS THE BEST LOVE THEME FROM POWELL YET! Lol Romantic Flight from httyd was good too but this is even more dramatic and I love it. I love Williams theme like crazy but I feel John would have been better off doing it by himself.

Olive reply Replies: 17 || 2018-05-26 15:07:38
Between this one and Rogue One, I'll take the last one.

Unfortunately the two scores run away from the typical sound of the franchise and at various times seem just a pastiche copy.

It's a good score, but it does not feel so natural. Even Han's theme is almost unrecognizable, forgettable and incoherent with the character. It does not have the same identity as the themes of Luke, Leia, Rey, Anakin, Jyn, Yoda or Dameron.

superultramegaa2018-05-26 15:22:25
I only watched the movie once, but the fact that I didn't take away any memorable music from Rogue One is a huge problem for a Star Wars film. I haven't listened to this score yet, but I have more hopes for this than Rogue One.

MrZimmerFan2018-05-26 15:58:35
Do you remember any music outside the space chase?

Because i don't.

superultramegaa2018-05-26 16:20:05
I just said I haven't watched the movie or listened to the full score yet.

MrZimmerFan2018-05-26 16:34:30
But Rogue One or Solo?

Because i remember more the music in RO after watching the movie than in Solo (well, maybe is because that theme for the character is so unispired and only i remember certain moments of the music)

Berkian Warrior2018-05-26 16:55:13
They kept the volume of the music so low in the movie, while rouge ones was jacked up and used as a center piece rather than side music like they did for John. Johnson piece is far better, it they gave it a back seat

Olive2018-05-27 14:01:02
Rogue One has several caricature moments that make me want to laugh at Giacchino's naivety, but there is no denying that the material is a million of times more memorable than what we heard in Solo. RO has themes. A recognizable theme for Jyn, a silly theme for the villains, a beautiful one for the surrender of the rebels in the end, a silly march for Vader, but manages to point out the moments of the score. Not here. I'm trying to discern the theme for Han and the Chewie theme.

This made me very disappointed because I was very happy for Powell's appointment. The score is not bad, far from it. The problem is that I expected so much more. HTTYD will be my "medicine". :P

Hybrid Soldier2018-05-27 14:03:54
Don't forget in your calculation of "measuring dicks" between Giacchino & Powell, that Giacchino had a good film to score.

Powell did not...

He did a wonderful job despite what he was given to score... lol

MrZimmerFan2018-05-27 14:09:08
@Olive: Caricature villians, really?

Krennic has a theme similar to that of the Empire, but being an arrogant character, his theme is more exaggerated, for the character

You make laugh with the march of Vader (is HIS theme, for god's sake)

And yeah, I prefer Rogue One over Solo, not only the movie.

Olive2018-05-27 17:48:31
Meh, I'm a "good" guy.

I prefer RO to Solo.

I did not say that the themes are from Giacchino or Williams or Powell I talk about themes of the score (regardless of who the authors are).

I'm also not "measuring dicks", Powell always has more points with me than Giacchino anyway.

I honestly did not like the theme written by WILLIAMS for Han and I can not equate it with the others in the franchise. It is disappointing.

And John's score, unfortunately, is a little paler than Rogue One's (since I can not mention the name Giacchino, as I'll be comparing the two). As much as I agree that the quality of the film is a factor to be considered, I do not believe the music is bad. It is not. I liked the music. Mainly the sequences of action. But it is very little for SW and for Powell "writing a SW score". I expected more. I'm disappointed and I hope HTTYD 3 is as good as its predecessors.

Max Potcats2018-05-28 11:16:41
Giacchino had only 3 weeks to score Rogue One and he did a better job than Powell in 5 months, very good themes (Jyn, Imperial Suite ..), the global new sound that he brings to SW (the very beginning of "He's Here For Us "," Jedha Arrival "..) but the main difference is that Rogue One really lets the music express itself (" Wobani Imperial Labor Camp "," When Has Become Now "," Hope "," Your Father would be proud "..). I can not remember any sequence or scene in Solo where the music really drive the picture or with the picture.
But of course Solo is just another "gangster movie", but in the SW universe, so there is nothing really new here. Powell did what he can and he did a fine job, but the real problem comes from the story and no music can fix that.

Oscarilbo2018-05-28 16:00:08
I loved the movie. it was what I expected for a the kind of character Han is. And love how different this score was to the old school style... with this one Star Wars is beginning to open up as we explore new planets and characters. It has to, just as Lucas did it with the Clone Wars series.

I sincerely cannot understand how could anyone expect something not even the character of Han Solo was never meant to be. He never navigate on profound and philosophical waters UNTIL he met Luke and ObiWan. Just remember what he thought about the force on EpIV. And the way the film is made reflects exactly that. It remind me of the kind of adventures Star Wars was originally inspired by.

On top of that he wasn’t suppose to be the exact same character we see on ANH, he hasn’t reach that level of pessimism yet. It is until he met Luke and ObiWan when he stumbled with truly important and dramatic issues, so there is not really a wide range of development that can be done with Han Solo. Not every Star Wars movie need to be as profound as the episodes. It's a fun adventure and I couldn't expect more from it and had a blast ! Even the main theme is called to inform all this.

IT IS A UNIVERSE we are really starting to explore through these characters, so some of the films will be much more light than others. I loved it and was exactly what I was expecting and looking for in a movie about a character that had just a very adventurous life until he knew better. It was fresh air.&#65279;

Ds2018-05-28 20:05:14
This Star Wars outing is a very nice slightly old-fashioned adventures movie, entertaining, light and very funny (I mean really funny, not MCU-funny). The main performance is absolutely amazing and gives a lot of heart to the movie. It flows well together and feels like a consistent movie - congrats to Ron Howard for managing that given the circumstances.

The set pieces and visuals are stunning, and even if there are a lot of CGIs, it's grounded enough not to feel assaulted by a CGI overdose that has become the norm in Hollywood movies (thanks to the MCU, again). I wouldn't say it beats the 2nd half of Rogue One (I mean the extended action scene on the island), but as a movie/story it's much better told and much less patchy.

And then the score, one of the best entries in the serie for sure.

MrZimmerFan2018-05-28 20:43:52
But dosen't have the emotional impact from that movie.

I will said this, The Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith (altough, TPM have certain issues) are much better movies and SW than Solo.

But that's is my opinion.

Ds2018-05-28 21:30:07
Well, of course, because Revenge of the Sith is simply the best SW movie :-)

mpolonest123 2018-05-28 22:11:36

Finally something we agree on lol

For all the hate the prequels get, ROTS is genuinely a great movie. It’s dark, emotional, and ties itself into the original trilogy without resorting to “fan service”. Everything makes sense in context. And while I’m not a big fan of Phantom Menace or Clones, I still have to give George Lucas credit for actually having imagination and expanding the SW universe with new worlds and characters. If the writing was better they could all have become classics.

Unlike this new trilogy, which relies on fan service and basically remaking ideas from the old films. They feel less like the vision of one man and more so a corporate move. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t bad films, but they could be so much better.

MrZimmerFan2018-05-29 00:21:25
@mpolonest: I don't think The Last Jedi relies in old ideas, altough i'm not a big fan of the prequels (Attack of the Clones is simple bad), i liked The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, not as much like A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back (because, this one is my ultimate favorite SW movie), and i liked a lot Rogue One.

mpolonest123 2018-05-29 00:53:02

What makes Rogue One work so well is that it essentially is doing something completely separated from the characters we are used to from SW. It’s a pretty mature film compared to the other ones.

I’ll even give Last Jedi a bit of credit, the filmmakers are obviously trying to push Star Wars in a new direction with more depth. There are just certain elements that don’t completely work for me though.

Being someone that grew up with Star Wars (I’m only 24) and the prequels, I have kind of become burned out with the series. I really would like to see them tackle new stories and characters while keeping things fresh.

Edmund Meinerts reply Replies: 8 || 2018-05-28 12:27:31
For those who need/want a bit of help figuring out the themes in this one, a quick guide of the best place to hear them.

- Han's Hero theme (by Williams) - "The Adventures of Han", 0:15; first big Powell adaptation at 0:27 of "Corellia Chase"

- Han's Searching/B theme (by Williams) - "The Adventures of Han", 0:37; a good place to hear Powell's "version" is 0:48 of "Meet Han". Powell uses the rhythm of this theme ALL OVER the score.

- Han and Chewbacca friendship theme - 2:10 to the end of "Flying with Chewie"

- Theme for Han's gang - 1:45 of "Train Heist". This is a great example of Powell writing something that is clearly influenced by Williams but still in his own voice.

- Enfys Nest/Marauder's theme - 0:24 of "Marauders Arrive". This is probably the most immediately memorable of Powell's themes because the unique sound of the Bulgarian choir and its aggressive nature really make it stand out.

- L3 theme - introduced at the start of "L3 & Millenium Falcon" but gets its best workout in "Mine Mission" (0:25) which is Powell doing a classic Indiana Jones-style march-structured Williams action cue, and doing it brilliantly.

- Han/Qi'ra love theme - "Lando's Closet" (0:18). Sadly this theme doesn't get much time to play in such an action-packed score but it's really beautiful and has an old-fashioned/Golden Age sweeping feel that's perfect for Star Wars.

mpolonest123 2018-05-28 14:07:23
Thanks for the breakdown!

I have to admit, some of the themes seem to blend more into the soundscape (outside of Hans theme/Marauder theme/Love theme).

This is definitely one of those scores where you need a few listens to let them really sink in. The same thing happened to me with Pan, where I was able to pick out the two main ideas immediately but needed some time for the smaller motifs.

mpolonest123 2018-05-28 14:09:07
Also having no interest in seeing the film... are there any substantial missing cues/John Williams themes not on the album?

MrZimmerFan2018-05-28 14:15:34
One reprise of the Darth Vader and... other theme (is not from the character, more from the movie he appears, and a famous one from Williams... in the prequels)

mpolonest123 2018-05-28 14:53:43
Ahh I think I read about that cameo, glad they kept THAT theme. Thanks!

Anonymous2018-05-28 17:31:49
wow spoiler alert jackass

JBSO992018-05-28 17:51:54
I fact there are two reprises of The Imperial March, one which plays at the beginning with Han in the Imperial Army, but there is also another one that happens in-universe which is used in an army recruitment commercial.

And some quieter cues with the Love Theme.

mpolonest123 2018-05-28 18:18:37
It’s cool that they are incorporating the Imperial material from A New Hope alongside the march, much like they did in Rogue One. Hopefully we get a deluxe edition or FYC at some point, assuming the film does well.

Iamtommie2018-05-28 19:15:20
There is also a smaal 1 second tune from A New Hope with cubes of Han

Jean-Luc reply Replies: 0 || 2018-05-28 17:53:45
I saw that movie from last night, it's an okay movie I gave 6/10 stars. My opinion is, I like the music by John Powell in the movie. Also, I only like Corellia Chase and Reminiscence Therapy too.

aldan reply Replies: 0 || 2018-05-28 17:40:30
is full credit available yet?

Now we have heard the ost, now i cant wait to find out which tracks Powell did SOLO and which tracks he shared with his gang..

But for right now, this is my best assumption that "Flying WIth Chewie" is Paul Mounsey's (similar style with Neverland AHoy!), Batu Sener was given the Thomas Newman-sounding track, while i can hear a trace of Willis in Corellia Chase. The Good Guy is something Powell wouldnt even bother to write (beacuse this is a track full of re arrangement of his themes, so he must be kind to give to his son). Break out has a trace of "Train Station" track from Ferdinand, so that has to be a collaborative piece too

Though, i could be wrong

Edmund Meinerts reply Replies: 4 || 2018-05-28 09:48:05
It blows my fucking mind that anyone thinks Rogue One is even within a million miles of this. Best Star Wars score since Return of the Jedi.

MrZimmerFan2018-05-28 11:41:00

The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens are muuuch better, even Rogue One.

Fine score... nothing else

Edmund Meinerts2018-05-28 12:11:31
Solo is clearly better than The Last Jedi, which felt like a Star Wars greatest hits score to a degree (Force theme every 30 seconds...). TFA and Solo are close to each other, TFA has better themes and storytelling, but the action music in Solo is just so mindblowing and energetic and fresh-feeling to me. It has a drive and cohesion to it that I don't hear in the action of TFA and TLJ (which mostly falls into the modern Williams trap of being super-complicated but aimless). And the way Powell was able to stay true to his own voice while adding just enough Williams flourishes and spice on top is a remarkable achievement, far beyond the pastiche attempt by Giacchino for Rogue One (I don't dislike that score, and I cut him some slack for the time constraints, but it has so many awkward moments and Giacchino's voice really seems to battle with the Williams influence rather than gracefully working with it the way Powell does). The balancing act that Powell manages between his own music and that of Williams is nothing short of masterful.

The themes in Solo aren't the sort that immediately grab you by the throat, so I'd recommend you give it a couple listens before you make your decision. They really grow on you, and you realize that in the middle of all that frantic action music Powell is actually constantly stating and developing both the Williams theme and his own. And then there are all the brilliant little Star Wars easter eggs like the original Imperial theme at 3:34 of Train Heist, or the fanfare from the beginning of the main title worked into "Break Out" at 1:17. And don't even get me started on "Reminiscence Therapy"!

MrZimmerFan2018-05-28 13:06:39
The only theme i recall is the Enfys Nest

But man, the theme by Williams is so unispired.

Edmund Meinerts2018-05-28 13:29:55
I think it sounds a bit like an improved version of the Poe theme. I like it, although I admit it's no classic. Anyways, it's what Powell does with the theme (namely: a lot) that matters.

Macejko reply Replies: 2 || 2018-05-27 13:13:34
Edmund is probably dead from bliss, because this is a mighty fine score. I gave it only one listen so far, but I haven't enjoyed Powell this much in years.

Meta2018-05-27 13:28:42
Im actually liking Powell's Solo theme better than Williams' theme...

Edmund Meinerts2018-05-27 22:54:50
Can confirm: am dead.

Scorefan reply Replies: 2 || 2018-05-23 20:41:15
What would have happened if Ron Howard would have been the first choice to direct Solo? He would have chosen James Horner (if he wasn't dead) or try to convince Hans Zimmer to do the music. The only collaboration between Howard and maestro Williams was in the movie Far And Away.

Hybrid Soldier2018-05-23 22:01:05
Hans for Star Wars ?


Ron probably asked him first and Hans probably was like "JOHN POWELL !!"

Geoffrey2018-05-27 01:50:53
Why never ?
He dislikes the saga or not interested ? I'm curious.

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