Nice one jonh! I was concerned that music would sound too cinematic or “trailery” but, as others have already said, it fits the actual scene beat by beat, and it helps with the catharsis factor to the ultimate confrontation between the Sith and the Jedi.
I guess the score has been somewhat overlooked amidst all the brainstorming, but I think it’s one of the most important things to get right at least in this movie. John Williams pulled off the gimmick of revisiting previous musical motifs from previous installments in the saga, but the actual film played very loose with those themes, even when they represent something specific. For example, I was thrilled to hear the track for Yoda and Palpatine’s confrontation when Rey is training at the base, but was confused when well known themes such as “Luke and Leia” were used for seemingly random moments like Lando and Jannah’s meeting.
I think we could use even more small snippets of previous scores to accomplish an even more cohesive musical atmosphere. This film is supposed to be the climax of the entire saga, that should be reflected in its score, too.
Themes I was wondering we could revisit:
- Duel of the Fates (this one has been suggested a lot. It would fit for the Death Star duel and the Sith Eternal’s chanting on Exegol)
- The Mystery of the Sith theme aka the second half of Padmé’s Ruminations (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4JsA4jF7yo , beginning 1:37). This first appeared in ROTS and I believe is the inspiration for “Anthem of Evil”, the theme that plays when Rey meets Palpatine. Since it’s subtle yet sinister, pieces of it could be spread across the movie in scenes that deal with Palpatine speaking to Kylo or Pryde, or the mystery of Ochi and the dagger.
- Rose’s Theme could be played over the scene where Finn and Jannah talk.
- “I’m so Sorry” from ROTS and Clone Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH06ijLc2EM&t=189s
- Some sinister-sounding tracks from the OT such as The Approach to Endor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkm1jf9Avik&list=PLauGpiqPcHu379AvbapPx9L84RC-P3SLV&index=18) particularly that part near the beginning when Palpatine and Vader speak.
- The entire ending part of the track “Star Wars and the Revenge of the Sith” went unused in that film. So it could be used in fast-paced action scenes (such as the speeder bike chase) and not feel recycled.