Almost very film has a score. Psycho, Jaws, Star Wars are just a few that have scores that are instantly recognisable. Although here I will be talking about soundtracks in specific, especially in more recent movies.
I want to talk about Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2. How unpredictable of me! But seriously, it’s great. I love how the soundtrack has significance to the characters and the plot. In Vol. 2, the opening scene to Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr. Blue Sky is so much fun, and the ending credits to Parliament’s Flashlight was such a great way to end the film. The soundtrack to both Vol 1 and 2 have also become a major selling point for these films. I don’t know about you, but the second I heard that a second film was in the making, I couldn’t wait to hear more about the soundtrack. I will also be purchasing both soundtracks on vinyl as soon as I can!
Now lets compare this to Suicide Squad. The soundtrack, to me, seemed to have no thought put into it whatsoever. I like a lot of the tracks on the soundtrack for sure, but its just a mess. Honestly, I could have done better myself. In the moment, my first thoughts were “I love Paranoid by Black Sabbath!” but I’d soon realise it has absolutely no significance to the film or any of the characters whatsoever, it just sounds good. Bohemian Rhapsody, Seven Nation Army, Black Skinhead. Did they even try? I know this seems like a stereotypical Suicide-Squad-sucked review, but it sucked. Especially the soundtrack.
Films about bands and musicians are always very soundtrack-reliant. John Carney’s Sing Street is a new favourite of mine. Its full of 80’s classics which clearly represent when the film is based. Also I love The Cure.
The TV show Freaks and Geeks is also similar, the great soundtrack relates to the years the show is set in. We get to see Jason Segal’s character drum his heart out to The Spirit Of Radio by Rush. His character is known as a very average drummer, so obviously wouldn’t be able to play a Rush song as Neil Peart is a drumming God, and is difficult to match. However we see the pure passion that Segal’s character has for music. We see his band half-heartedly,and very badly, play Sunshine Of Your Love while Segal is having the time of his life. Again, the soundtrack has a significance to the characters, and gives us more of an insight to the type of person we’re watching.
A few honourable mentions:
Kill Bill Vol. 1
A Clockwork Orange
La La Land (whats a short essay about soundtracks without a mention of La La Land, am I right?)
I think I’ve made it very clear that I believe it’s important that a soundtrack is well thought out and relevant to the film itself. Obviously I have a lot more films to watch, and these were just a list of the first to pop into my head when someone says “soundtrack”, so I want to know what films you think have great, or awful, soundtracks! What do you think makes a good, or bad, soundtrack? Have I missed anything out? Let me know, lets converse!