​Star Wars is Anticlimactic Without Music

Few scenes in film are as triumphant as the end scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The pageantry! The celebration! The swelling John Williams soundtrack! Well, maybe it isn't so impressive when you take away that last bit.

Auralnauts reimagined what the end of Star Wars sounded like without all that pesky fanfare. Basically, it's kind of a stodgy bummer. The whole thing feels a bit like a really muted, awkward high school graduation, and Han Solo's wink to Leia feels oddly inappropriate in a room full of folks awkwardly coughing.

Well , it's still leagues better than the end of The Phantom Menace.

Auralnauts via Laughing Squid

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Never kid yourself about the breakout movies of the mid- to late-'70s. Movie scores before Williams were stuck in the doldrums of Bernstein et al, effectively unable to shake trends that had been around for literally decades. As groundbreaking as Jaws and Star Wars may have been as movies, imagine them with scores more typical of the '70s and they instantly descend from timelessness into the pit of their decade of origin. So, as with the case highlighted above, it's not even particularly that the ending of Star Wars is anticlimactic without music, but more specifically that nobody else at the time but Williams was up to the task of making the most of it.

These days, good movie scores are a thing of the past. No movie ever has a score worthy of listening to for its own sake. Star Wars VII will be an interesting litmus test, because I firmly believe that a composer does their best work when they have inspirational material, yet I also believe that Williams is at least ten years beyond his prime. So there are reasons to expect something better than Phantom Menace, and reasons not to.