*Read John Williams’ biography here
This is the 2005 version based on HG Wells’ 1898 novel. Directed by Steven Spielberg the movie stars Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto and Tim Robbins, with narration by Morgan Freeman.The movie is about an American dock worker who has to look after his kids (he and their mother are divorced) – he struggles to protect them and reunite them with her after Earth is invited by aliens.
This movie was the first time that Williams had to compose the score with an incomplete Spielberg film. For Williams the score was a “very serious piece” which had to combine “the necessary frightening atmosphere” with “propulsively rhythmic drive for the action scenes”. For example, the music “symbolically pulls forward” vehicles in the chase scenes, while to heighten the scariness he added a crescendo to resemble a female shriek.
Fun fact…the song “Little Deuce Coupe” is featured in the movie and that version is sung by Tom Cruise.
The score written by Williams is very dramatic and has, for me, a kind of angry sound to it. I’ve read it described as “by far the most avant-garde, impressionistic” score Williams’ has written since the turn of the century which is probably true, but it’s not very melodic so not music I would want to listen to for entertainment.
What are your thoughts about this music – an important Williams’ score or one that should be forgotten?