How grand would ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ be if it hadn’t been for Hans Zimmer's excellent composition? Sometimes, a movie relies solely on the character’s expression and lets the music do all the talking. The trick is to get it right, because individual scenes demand the right kind of score to echo perfect emotion. Here are a few movies with exceptional soundtracks that left quite the impression:
1. Drive: This Indie feature starring Ryan Gosling, became an unexpected hit of 2011 for two specific reasons: a) stunning cinematography; b) a soundtrack that redefined unsettled emotions and silent fury. The opening credits begins with NIGHTCALL by French artist Kavinsky giving you a feel of the reckless and beautiful night of the 80s. Songs to look out for are Nightcall by Kavinsky, Tick of the Clock by The Chromatics, Oh My Love by Riz Ortolani. Music composer Cliff Martinez’s stylish musical script with a hint of retro synth-pop era is what made Drive for what it is. Here’s the video from one of the uber-cool albums till date.
2. The Conjuring: Almost all the horror flicks rely heavily on their music score. The distorted face from the ‘Evil Dead’ doesn’t cut it anymore. In movies like this, it is all about the anticipation and Joseph Bishara did an excellent job here. The composition acts like a cherry on top in its ever-escalating and menacing atmosphere. Some tracks that set the mood of pure terror are Black Bile, Sleepwalker, Water Corpse Vision and Murderous Offering. From the opening credit, the haunting sound of the orchestra sends a chill down your spine; the closing score ‘The Family theme’ is composed by grammy winner Mark Isham thus giving this rare album a stunning conclusion
3. 500 Days of Summer: This Rom-Com is not your typical love story. It’s about the stages of love and the music holds down the fort maximum number of times. There are two poignant moments where the Retro-rock and Britpop genre befits the mood.
a) You make my dreams come true by Hall & Oates describes the male protagonist’s head-over-heels-in-love state perfectly.
b) Hero by Regina Spektor is played where an expectations vs reality situation is described again from the male character’s point of view thus setting an eccentric and yearning atmosphere in the movie.
4. American Pie 2: The songs featured in this album take you back to your highschool days. It reminds you of the good old times; times filled with crushes, heartbreaks and mundane things that you loved to hate and hated to love spending your time and daddy’s money on. The soundtrack focuses completely on the punk rock styled riffs. Tracks like Fat Lip by Sum 41, Scumbag by Greenday and Everytime I look for you by Blink 182 are one of the few crazy ones to look out for; it makes you want to revert to that little school kid again.
5. Dirty Dancing: It’s hard not to fall in love everytime Patrick Swayze says “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” before he wins over everyone at the holiday spot with his charm and dance. All the hard work had to be put into the music because it is a dance movie. The album spent 18 weeks on the # 1 spot on billboard and went on for a platinum record. Some of the memorable compositions to look out for are, the opening credits featuring The Ronettes- Be My Baby. That itself is enough to draw you in along with Do You Love Me by The Contours and Hey Baby by Bruce Channel. But the icing on the cake is the last scene featuring Time of my life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. Click here and you’ll see why.