My Top Film Sountracks

A little ‘Top 5’ list I’ve been thinking about for the past few months for films with the best soundtracks. Some of these films aren’t necessarily my favourite, but the music is something I found to be worth writing about

Moulin Rouge (2001)

This film was bound to appear on a post sometime, as it is my all-time-favourite, so perhaps with a slight biased opinion, the soundtrack of this film is one to marvel over.

The beauty and emotion behind such a soundtrack strengthens the story. It surrounds you, something much more than simple dialogue is capable of. Blending cover songs from the past few decades into one story is an odd decision at that, a fusion between all genres. However, for a film directed by Baz Luhrmann I feel it’s a perfect production and accompaniment to an amazingly played out story.

The soundtrack encompasses the four main components that are focused on in the film: freedom, beauty, truth, and above all things: love. Not to mention, the pure and raw singing talent of Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman… *squeals with delight*

Interstellar (2014)

I didn’t enjoy the film very much, however I can’t deny the brilliance of its soundtrack. The music encompasses the melancholy of leaving behind a dying planet, and the beauty of possibly discovering a new home and life. It’s powerful and enchanting, a hauntingly beautiful series of instrumental pieces composed by Hans Zimmer, that embrace the defeat of losing a planet, still perform a grand climax that evokes hope and fulfilment.

Trainspotting (1996)

A film of grit and poetry, exuding a series of harsh truths that melds with impressive grace. The soundtrack features the grunge style, a deep rock that makes you want to raise your fist in the air and rebel against the standard and lifeless societal rules. The track-list of such styled songs are melancholic, and bleak, but seeping through is an oddly rebellious and romantic undertone that hints at a better life outside of the rules.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A gritty film adapted from one of my favourite novels by Anthony Burgess – a product that is confronting and cold, yet exhilarating and speaks volumes of our culture. The soundtrack is a beautifully constructed thematic expansion of Alex’s mindset and mental conditioning that he undergoes throughout the film. A lot of the sound involves classical music along with electronically synthetic music crafted by Wendy Carlos, (aside from classics such as Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony’) that transforms the film further.

The sounds and symphonies may be out-dated from our times now, but it no doubtingly still provokes a set of eerie and terrifying images that work well with the horrifying nature of the film.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

The soundtrack of this film was a sure way to heighten the glamour and glitz of a story with such grand emotions of love, mystery, the rich and their high societal values and lifestyle – something that buys into Baz Luhrmann’s vision seen in a lot of his earlier films. The savvy choices of music and song blends the past of jazz-scatting and the pop culture feel of the iPod age – giving life to a soundtrack of a new fashion.


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