Composed and Conducted by: John Williams
After the success of Jurassic Park Spielberg was asked to direct a sequel. There is some contention about how much he wanted to do it since he was busy building up Dreamworks. Regardless, it’s a far inferior film. Actually, a lot of the elements are good, especially Pete Postlethwaite as big game hunter Roland Tembo. But the film is riddled with plot holes and a couple heroes who, despite the film’s insistence that they are protecting dinosaurs from exploitation, in fact endanger themselves and every other human in the film with their well-intentioned stupidity. It’s a bad Spielberg film, which means it’s at least an okay film overall.
John Williams surprised many, and according to some disappointed, with his decision to take the music in a very different direction. Since the setting is changed from a theme park to a wild island were dinosaurs have been allowed to roam free, he decided that the music should be more primal. Thus the soundtrack is much more dissonant, rife with percussion and brash orchestral strikes. Listening to this score makes one realize that if he wants to Williams can really let loose with the percussion and this gives the entire product a wholly unique flavor in his repertoire. The atmosphere is one of a lurking jungle punctuated by moments of intense terror. The drawback is that the music isn’t as consistently enjoyable as the first film’s, but at least Williams didn’t ape himself. Continue reading