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Rogue One Score

Discussion in 'Rogue One' started by Lock_S_Foils, May 14, 2017.

  1. The Hud

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    Still think it's a wonderful soundtrack and sits proudly in the musical canon. Giacchino is a fantastic composer, jsut check out his other movie works to see. He can create themes, motifs, moods, soundscapes - a very talented dude
     
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    I agree. It's definitely one of the best Star Wars films to date, but it's still very recent and a bit separate from the Saga films (I think), so it's hard to rank it among the episodes, for me. Like, when people ask me to rank my favorite films, it's still kind of hard to include the recent films in that because they're newer, especially Rogue One because it's a standalone. But it's one of the strongest films and I absolutely love it! I agree that it works perfectly within the story while still serving its purpose as a standalone film.
     
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    To me, it's all one saga. Has been since the beginning. I still remember when I got the original SW novelization back in late '77 or early '78 and saw the subtitle "From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker" on the cover, and "From the First Saga - Journal of the Whills" at the end of the prologue. It all made me feel like the story being told by that movie was only a small part of a much larger tale, possibly one that went back (and onward) for centuries. Then, in ESB, when Yoda mentioned that he'd been training Jedi for 800 years, it felt even more like that to me.

    Perhaps that's why I never really bought Lucas' later retrofitting of Star Wars as "The Skywalker Saga." While the Skywalkers were a common thread within the story that was being told (so was the rise and fall of the Empire, for that matter) the whole idea of it all just being a Skywalker soap opera never rang true to me. Knights of the Old Republic, for example, always felt to me like a much earlier part of the same broad story. And heck, they used the SW main theme and an opening crawl at the beginning of damned near every SW video game since the early LucasArts days, whether the game was Skywalker-oriented or not.

    I know this is ranging a bit off topic, but this is why I have always felt like the whole "the stand-alone films aren't part of the SW saga and mustn't use the SW main title theme and opening crawl" thing was incredibly contrived and deeply unfortunate. And, to bring it back to the actual topic of the Rogue One score, IMHO that decision blunted the hell out of Giacchino's cool little callback to the original ANH score at the very beginning of Rogue One - to the point where I don't even know that most SW fans even caught it, since without being preceded by the SW main title it ended up being presented completely out of musical context.

    The movie itself, though... it felt part and parcel with ANH to me by the second time I saw it. (First viewing of any SW film is too intense an experience for me to be able to view it as part of the larger story, even if it's littered with Skywalkers.) :)
     
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    LOVED It !!
    Every track IS Star Wars music.
    MG did a fantastical job with it.
    It didn't have to be JW.

    I bought it on the morn of the day it was released but didn't listen to it til later that Eve after my daughters and had come back from 1st viewing. Was still processing what I had just seen and the score just hadn't stuck. Went again the next afternoon and then was sold, lock, stock and barrel.

    When Joel McNeely did the soundtrack to No Film story, it Was Star Wars music.
    Same goes for Kevin Kiner.
    'Member folks, as much as we Love JW (and we do), we are not gonna have him forever.
     
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    I totally understand that! That's what's so amazing about Star Wars. They've created such a massive universe from it, but even with stuff like Rogue One, it all kind of ties back together. (That's why I don't think everyone needs to be connected or related to someone in these films because their actions have significance anyways.) Rogue One was also a very different kind of film. It was a war film, but it was a Star Wars film. They took some risks with it, but I felt like it was close-to-home in the end in the sense that it still felt like a Star Wars film. I think it'll take time for me to really be like, "The new films are part of the Saga," just because I spent so long thinking Episodes I through VI were it, and there was nothing afterwards in terms of the films (I only paid a little bit of attention to the Expanded Universe). I love all of the new films, but I'm also kind of waiting to see how they fit in to the rest of the trilogy and the rest of the Saga before I rank them with the others. But I agree that at the end of the day, whether you view them separately or not, it's all one big story and everything kind of ties into something else.
     
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    Actually, the score was just part of how they "seamed" the end of RO with the beginning of ANH. The sound and sight all matched up near perfectly. I think that is something that can't be overlooked. RO compliments and sets-up ANH perfectly IMO.
     
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    AbSoLuTlY Agree Neo.
     
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    Boy howdy! The score was like "the rug that really tied the room together", but you're absolutely right. It was also the sound effects (especially that distinctive red-alert klaxon from the beginning of ANH) and the rebel soldier costumes and the sets (notice behind Captain Antilles when he hands the Princess the data card... you can see the room where Vader will strangle Antilles at the beginning of ANH) and the whole package that provides that virtually seamless gap between RO and ANH. Even the readouts on the computer as the Rebels burn the Death Star plans to that data card before they abandon Raddus' ship are spot-on with what we see in ANH.

    I love Rogue One, but that last minute or two is what really sends it over the outfield wall for me.
     
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