Item 11: The Terminal Score
John Williams has been a consistently good composer, churning out different and majestic scores year after year. But it is in my opinion that his 21st collaboration with Spielberg, his score for The Terminal is his most underrated, and best, of the new millennium. Like the film, the music is light-hearted and romantic, and suits the optimistic mind of Navorski through the ethnicity, as well as sheer soul. The clarinet’s ageless, lonely chimings and the orchestra’s accompaniment beautifully capture the essence of every frame. Elsewhere, woodwind dallies with strings expertly, showing, that, in Mr Williams’ case, variety is the spice of life.