Me If You Can
composer: John Williams
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
that after scoring 20 Steven Speilberg films, you'd know what
to expect from a John Williams score. And, if this were the late
90's, you'd probably be right. But this isn't the late 90's, it's
the early 21st Century, and John Williams has made it a point
to add a bit of variation to his scoring.
work on films such as A.I and Minority Report,
for example, have found the legendary composer fiddling with more
minimalist, futuristic soundscapes than before - nearly abandoning
the grandiose thematic overtures of Star Wars, Indiana Jones,
and Jurassic Park. Now, with his Catch Me If You Can (his
20th Speilberg score), John Williams has taken a step back to
his early days and has come up with an absolutely beautiful score
based around the progressive jazz of the middle 20th Century.
In his early
days as a musician, before he began composing major film scores,
Williams worked as a pianist for Heny Mancini's band; and the
experience comes through here. Throughout the Catch Me If
You Can score, Williams has put the focus on saxophonist
Dan Higgins smooth melodies, imbuing the soundtrack with a period
feel - something relatively new for Williams.
has progressed over the years, however, he's begun to lean toward
less and less thematic music, and this comes through again in
parts of Catch Me If You Can. "Airport Scene,"
in particular, feels strangely reminiscient of the minimalism
found in A.I. and Minority Report, and can feel
a bit out of place for the film's period. Yet the magnifcient
smooth saxophone composition of "Recollections (The Father's
Theme)," ranks among William's best and will undoubtedly
become a smooth jazz saxophone standard in years to come.
As a period
piece, it is also only fitting to include several "pop"
period pieces, and Speilberg himself chose a few for inclusion
in the film. Judy Garland's "Embraceable You" and Frank
Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" give the soundtrack an
extra bit of instant time recognition, and "The Girl from
Ipanema" adds the extra fun and playfulness inherent in the
After 20 scores
with Spielberg, one would expect Williams to fall into a rut of
predictability and laziness. Fortunately, with his latest works,
John Williams has found a new inspiration and is continually improving
in his craft.
liked Catch Me If You Can...
1. Catch Me If You
2. The Float
3. Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
4. Recollections (The Father's Theme)
5. The Airport Scene
6. The Girl From Ipanema -Stan Getz & Joao
Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim
7. Learning The Ropes
8. Father And Son
9. Embraceable You - Judy Garland
10. The Flash Comics Clue
12. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
13. A Broken Home
14. Doctor, Lawyer, Lutheran
15. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield
16. Catch Me If You Can (Reprise and End Credits)