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Simply one of those classic Williams scores, Jurassic Park is hailed as a favorite by many people. It's not hard to understand at all, especially condsidering just how beautiful the two central themes of the score are, even though the "main" theme basically plays second-fiddle to more popular "journeying" theme. This theme's best performance is contained in the fourth track, "Journey to the Island". This track is not only my personal favorite of the score, it is a favorite of many people and was, in fact, the origin for many people's love of Williams' music. I remember seeing the movie a few months before my thirteenth birthday and just loving the music as the helicopter containing the main characters approached Isla Nublar.
Jurassic Park was really considered more of an adventure than a horror, but it difinitely had it's fair share of scary moments. These moments were obviously the times that the characters were being chased by dinosaurs. The most focused upon of the prehisoric creatures was the Velociraptor, or raptor for short. These dinosaurs have their very own motif, though it is somewhat concealed from ears that aren't really searching for it specifically.
I first saw the film after it had come out on video and my Uncle loaned my family his copy. I was impressed by the visuals of course, but it was really the music that got my attention. Since I was only twelve at the time, this is saying quite a lot, but I had, in fact, been very well aquainted with Mr. Williams' music from Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and Superman already, so I basically knew what to expect, but was still blown away.
There are better film scores out there, but this is definitely in the top ten best scores of the 1990s. Most like it, but there are some who don't. Maybe they are simply not into the lush themes, or maybe the action wasn't quite as on the money as it could have been. Well, whatever, Jurassic Park is a classic.