Many (most?) film composers are capable of composing scores that are far better than what is ultimately produced. Very rare are the situations where the composer is truly allowed to do whatever they want (or are capable of), AND have the time/resources to do so.
I agree, and I think that is true of any artist in Hollywood. It takes an ENORMOUS amount of talent just to be pigeon-holed and tamped down.
The Fury is John Williams' best score - better than Jaws, better than Star Wars, better than E.T. Yup.
Hardly controversial. All of these scores were written at the height of Maestro Williams' creative powers. It comes down to a mere question of preference. They are all outstanding, but I too prefer the darkly hued music of The Fury.