Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
label: uni / decca
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
on a Theme
Park III came about with a reduced set of expectations after
the misguided second film. On the third installment Spielberg
bailed, as did his musical sidekick, John Williams. Still, JP3
is a high-profile project, and Mr. Williams' shoes are tough to
fills them nicely, however. Most famous for his work on the soundtrack
for The Matrix, Davis does a superb job or bringing back
the original Williams' themes and updating them to match the style
of the third installment of the Jurassic Park series. Like the
film, these new compositions offer a darker, more action-oriented
feel - while remaining true to the original feel of the Jurassic
Park franchise. However, just as in the film itself, the soundtrack
fails to offer much anything new.
It's in the
Pteranadon scenes that Davis is given his chance to truly shine.
He was offered a new creature, a new creature worthy of a new
theme. And for the most part he succeeds. Still, due to the constraints
of the previous films, he is forced to compose in a Williams style,
and never quite comes into his own.
largest downfall is the utterly idiotic inclusion of Randy Newman's
track "Big Hat, No Cattle." The song didn't fit the
movie at all - country has no business in an action-packed dinosaur
film. And the inclusion on the album was a lack of poor planning.
Rather than ending the album with a strong orchestral closing
credits, this track was included. You'd do best to press stop
at the end of track 15.
Fans of the
Jurassic Park series will be more than pleased with this
release. It's a worthy companion to the other two soundtracks,
and matches the tone of the film. Unfortunately at times it seems
a bit rushed, but then again so does the film.
Park III was simply another chance for audiences to see their
favorite actors battling it out with dinosaurs. Nothing extraordinarily
groundbreaking. This disc is a perfect reflection.
liked Jurassic Park III...
Isla Sorna Sailing Situation
2. The Dinosaur Fly-By
3. Cooper's Last Stand
4. The Raptor Room
5. Raptor Repartee
6. Tree People
7. Pteranadon Habitat
8. Tiny Pecking Pteranadons
9. Billy Oblivion
10. Brachiosaurus on the Bank
11. Nash Calling
12. Bone Man Ben
13. Frenzy Fuselage
14. Clash of Extinction
15. The Hat Returns/End Credits
16. Big Hat, No Cattle