Angela Jun 24, 2007
Potter 5 will be the next big summer film I'm looking forward to. I admit I've never seen anything by David Yates before, and in case you haven't heard, he's also signed on to direct Half-Blood Prince, which is due out Fall 2008. I think one of the most interesting aspects of this series is tracking its progression with each new director, and all of them up to this point - from Columbus, Cuaron, to Newell - have done an admirable job with these adaptations. You keep hoping that that the next director won't drop the ball with the next entry, and early word on Order of The Phoenix seems to point that that hasn't happened yet.
Likewise, you're hoping the same also applies to the music. Hearing that Williams bowed out after Prisoner of Azkaban was a shock, but I was rather pleased with what Patrick Doyle brought to the table with Goblet of Fire. There was an elegance to his score which was decidedly missing from Williams' works, and for me, it worked splendidly. I'm not at all familiar with composer Nicholas Hooper, either, but Soundtrack.net's exclusive First Listen is encouraging. I'm holding off on the samples, but I did read the write-up, and all signs point to another excellent Potter score. (As usual, you'll want to be careful, as there are spoilers to be found in the write-up, even in the song titles themselves.) On the other hand, I did give a listen to the four minute sample that the official website is offering, just to see what sort of musical flavor we're dealing with. You can listen to it here: