The Book Thief Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Book Thief by John Williams.
At a glance:
52 minutes of score
Geek Score: 68.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 1.02
Album Excellence: 2%
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John Williams is back! The Book Thief is his first Non-Spielberg collaboration since… a long long time ago! It’s always exciting when the maestro get a score released to the masses because he’s usually always great and there’s 1 or maybe 2 scores released per year if we’re lucky. The thing about The Book Thief though, is that it doesn’t even begin to compare to Williams’ great work over the last decades, or even from last year or the year before.
The Book Thief is a dreadfully boring score, there, I said it. I really don’t understand the praise the score is getting and I can only imagine it is because it was composed by John Williams. Just go back and listen to Star Wars, Jurassic Park or Hook and tell me that The Book Thief is just as good. Tintin and The War Horse from a couple of years ago had excitement, it had a hungry John Williams who still wanted to create fun and entertaining scores. This score is unfortunately John Williams on autopilot, and not only that, the autopilot is definitely broken. There is one great cue, a playful Williams at his best with ‘The Snow Fight’, now that’s a taste of the real John Williams who has created some of the best scores in existence.
I’d say skip The Book Thief and wait for better things from John Williams or better yet, go and listen to his massive back catalogue of great scores, and that’s what I do frequently to remind me what great scores should sound like.
05. The Snow Fight