Two words: John Williams. While that alone should be enough to explain how awesome it is, even by Williams' lofty standards, the Jurassic Park soundtrack is something extra special; segueing flawlessly between moments that are downright awesome, sad, exciting, terrifying and almost magical.
- "Journey to the Island", played during the arrival at Isla Nublar, is probably just as recognizable as the main theme itself, and a lot more awesome. Shameless Scenery Porn of a gorgeous tropical island wrapped in one of Williams' most epic pieces of music, ever, somehow combine to make this supposedly tiny island seem gigantic, and cues up the amazing adventure that is to come. It gets a Triumphant Reprise during the climax, when the mighty T-Rex suddenly charges in to attack the Velociraptors, inadvertently saving the heroes in the process. As if you needed reminding, the soundtrack leaves you in no doubt that this dino is easily one of the most awesome and badass movie characters of all time.
- The track that plays during the initial encounter with the Brachiosaurus: no less gentle, graceful or powerful than the dinosaur itself. This scene was the world's first encounter with truly immersive CGI special effects, and this humble song was the melody that escorted so many of us as we stepped into a wonderful new world of cinematic magic. But beyond that, it is a perfect compliment for an incredibly endearing scene where we watch a man basically revert back to a wonder-struck boy, as the impossible childhood fantasies he built his life and career upon suddenly come true. This song is reworked into numerous other contexts within the movie and it pulls on the heartstrings every single time. Notable examples being where Hammond sits alone in the ice-cream parlor, lamenting his grandchildren's peril, and the final helicopter ride where he silently laments the failure of his grandiose dream as he stares at his cane.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park's theme is just epic and badass.
- "Hammond's Plan" starts out soft and contemplative as Ian learns that Sarah is on Isla Sorna, then segues into a rendition of Williams' theme as he accepts the Call to Adventure. This is followed by a determined percussive beat as the Hunters make their way through the long grass, becoming more and more ominous as Velociraptors begin picking the men off. Then the cue becomes outright intense and urgent as Ian, Sarah, Nick, and Kelly rush through the grass and end up falling and sliding down a hill.
- "The Raptors Appear" emphasizes the dread of walking about at night in a place inhabited by vicious animals, beginning low and menacing before suddenly becoming darkly action-oriented as a Velociraptor jumps onto Sarah.
- "Visitor in San Diego" has three awesome moments: when the strings start swelling, the return of the leitmotif, and when the drums start.
Jurassic Park III
Don Davis did the music for this installment and pays homage to Williams' work a handful of times.
- "Frenzy Fuselage" is a frenetic piece that perfectly captures the mayhem of being trapped inside a downed aircraft that's being attacked by a large prehistoric predator.
- "Brachiosaurus On the Bank" is a pensive composition that plays as the group rides a boat up river before blossoming into a magnificent rendition of Williams' familiar leitmotif.
Michael Giacchino took over scoring duties starting with this film.
- "Costa Rican Standoff" is an action-oriented composition that captures the conflict of Owen and his raptors facing off against the Indominus rex, ending with an Triumphant Reprise of Williams' immortal theme as Claire lures Rexy out of her paddock so she can help fight the Indominus.
- "Our Rex Is Bigger Than Yours" begins with slowly-building tension as Claire draws Rexy towards Indominus and Rexy crashes through the Spinosaurus skeleton, followed by a stretch of intense tribal chanting as the two theropods engage in their titanic battle while the humans struggle to avoid them.
- "Nine to Survival Job" starts out as a soft and gentle melody that encapsulates how the surviving humans are safe, then steadily builds into a Triumphant Reprise of Giacchino's new theme as Rexy stomps onto the helipad and unleashes her Mighty Roar, signaling that she has reclaimed her kingdom.
- "The Park Is Closed" is a solemn piano interpretation of Williams' theme that gradually transforms into a slightly exultant take on Giacchino's theme.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Giacchino returned for the fifth entry of the series.
- "Lava Land" is a tense and suspenseful piece all the way through, illustrating the tension of Claire and Franklin trapped as Mount Sibo erupts.
- "The Neo-Jurassic Age" starts as bittersweet, then becomes more somber in tone as it plays over the montage of dinosaurs roaming free in America and Dr. Ian Malcolm delivers his closing monologue.
- "Thus begins the indo-rapture" is epic yet frightening, and introduces the Indoraptor's leitmotif.
- "At Jurassic World's End Credits" starts off with a glorious reprise of Williams' classic theme before seamlessly transitioning into Giacchino's modern take on said theme, a perfect merging of past and present.