Just like so many of the scores composed by John Williams over the years, the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is fantastic. Williams once again created unforgettable pieces of music that capture the essence of Star Wars, and help tell this brand new story in the saga. There are so many amazing tracks in the score you can listen to on repeat without getting tired of them, but the one that stands out the most to me is definitely “The Spark.”
This piece appears towards the end of the movie at a rather pivotal moment for everyone. Starting off low and somber, it has a mysterious tone before moving into some rather familiar themes. Suddenly fans can catch “The Force Theme.” Then, the theme for the twins, “Luke and Leia,” appears before we also get a bit of “Han Solo and the Princess” as old motifs mix with what’s new. These recognizable bits of music fit perfectly with the moment as they capture the emotion of Luke finally reuniting with his sister and knowing what he has to do.
While “The Spark” weaves new and old together for this incredible scene, it doesn’t lean too heavily on the already established musical themes. My favorite part, in fact, is after all this lead up, once we reach the 2:16 point. It’s around here that Luke is going out to meet Kylo Ren and the First Order. This new bit of music builds and sends chills through you. You can just see the Jedi Master making his entrance!
The piece continues to build and Williams lets it continue as it reaches a climactic moment that fans won’t soon forget, in part because of the amazing music that accompanies it. In fact, we heard this new bit of music before the film was even released. It was used in the trailer for a similar effect of building a sense of mystery and suspense.
“The Spark” captures everything magical about Williams’ Star Wars music. With a few nods to the past, acknowledging Luke’s present decisions and actions, and perhaps setting the tone for the future, it is for me the best new addition to an already stellar roster of incredible Star Wars music.