I agree, Episode I is the best score of the prequels and the one I listen to the most. It was also the one that was the least hacked up during the editing of the film. Williams' may have written a great score for Episode II but, we haven't heard the score as he composed it because it was butchered during the editing of the film. I just think the way the movies were edited was a disservice for the scores and it showed in II and III. Of course, movies aren't made for the score so, it's just the score fan in me that is disgruntled (towards II and III).
I do fault Williams with a few things and that is how he abandoned his Episode I Anakin them in the next 2 movies. It's a great theme and I was looking forward to him developing it from the more young sounding kids theme to a mature theme as Anakin grew in the next movies but, that didn't happen. I really thought it was and opportunity lost. He also abandoned Duel of the Fates until the final moments of Episode III. 2 great themes that basically disappeared after the first film.
I disagree that Episode I was his last great score. I think A.I. is an incredible score that is vastly underrated. I also think that the first Harry Potter score is better then Episode I. I also think Indy IV is just as good as Episode I. I love the energy and excitement in the score for TinTin and, I thought Lincoln was the best score of 2012.
Speaking of Episode I, over the years I have come to respect the movie more. Even with all it's corniness, I think the tone, pacing and storytelling is the most similar to that of the original trilogy then either of the other prequel films. Episode I is the one that feels the most like "Star Wars" IMO, even though it could still do with a little less Jar Jar.
Edited by Chris Will, July 29 2013 - 04:00 PM.