Soundtracks can have an impact a feature film to the extent that they’re the difference between mediocrity and brilliance. Sometimes they can outshine a movie and sometimes they can distract from or not suit a story line. Every now and then however, they combine flawlessly and below are 5 that we believe are worth your hard earned Dollarydoos.
Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you think. He likes to run and then the thing. You know the thing, where he made us cry when he lost a volleyball. Well, before we were grief stricken by the loss of Wilson (we should pour one out for our fallen homie) and witnessed the comical antics of whom I like to call ‘Pranky Hanky’ in Carly Rae Jepsen’s I Really Like You film clip (as well as below pranking some drunk guy - classic Hanky); we were all taken on the massive roller-coaster of emotion that is Forrest Gump. The soundtrack enhanced the film to no end and some songs were perfectly placed into a scene or story line. One fitting example is when Forrest goes to Vietnam with the US Army. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival is playing as the army helicopter flies over the country, with Forrest and Bubba inside. The song then fades out as I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by Four Tops takes over while Forrest explains his expectation of Vietnam in comparison to his home in the US. The track change alters the tone instantly and offers insight into Forrest’s state of mind at that point in time. Many of the songs on this album take you straight back to the scene they featured in, which demonstrates the immense talent of the team that have put together this masterpiece, hence the Oscar nom.
The album is comprised almost exclusively of iconic songs including: Respect by Aretha Franklin, California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas and Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds among far too many to list.
Rating: Even better than shrimp.
8 MILE 1 & 2
These soundtracks could basically form a ‘Hip-Hop For Dummies’, but in a good way. Everyone should be well aware by now that when it comes to hip-hop, Eminem knows his shit and he has put together this great mix of classics to complement his semi-autobiographical film. These cuts are essential listening for any rap connoisseur or on the contrary, if someone is looking to begin/continue their hip-hop education then prepare to be schooled... Old schooled. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Mr Mathers meticulously moulded this soundtrack to not only fit his movie but also to add an additional, perhaps factual layer about himself, the music he loves and where he came from. The roster is a Biggie. Sorry, again, couldn’t resist the Big Pun. But seriously, Version 2 contains heavyweights (ok I’ll stop now) such as The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Outkast, Mobb Deep and Naughty By Nature to name a few. Version 1 contains the monster hit Lose Yourself, which made him the first rapper to receive an Oscar. Soz Leo.
Rating: Way doper than the ‘Crossroads’ album released that same year.
THE WEDDING SINGER 1 & 2
OH SOMEBODY KILL ME PLEASE!! SOMEBODY KILL ME PLEASE!!!! Haven’t we all been Robbie Hart at some point? Even if you can’t identify with people like fatty, sideburns and the mutants at table 9, you’ll definitely be able to appreciate the top 80’s hits that are spread over 2 albums! With artists including Culture Club (although George’s version of Do You Really Want To Hurt Me is way better), Billy Idol, David Bowie, A Flock of Seagulls, Madonna and The B-52’s you know you’re in for a good time! Throw on the aforementioned Somebody Kill Me by Adam Sandler at a party and it’ll make spotting your new best friends easy as. If somebody goes as far as doing the Jon Lovitz, “He’s losing his mind. And I’m reaping all the benefits” line while pretending to slowly draw a curtain; you need to marry them and lock that shit down. You won’t find anyone better.
Rating: Grade A, top choice compilation.
THE LION KING
Dem nostalgia feels. This is a great one if you have kids (even better if you don’t because you actually have time to listen to it). Any chump trying to preach that the ‘Frozen’ Let It Go shit tops this movie deserves to go and live with some hyenas; but then again... Hakuna Matata! Composed by Sir Elton John along with Hans Zimmer and Tim Rice it comes as no surprise that it won many awards including an Oscar, some Golden Globes and Grammys.
Rating: 10 lovely coconuts standing in a row.
This soundtrack is as hot as Ryan Phillippe. Need I elaborate? The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony plays out the film and fades in at the perfect moment, where Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character ‘Kathryn’ is giving her speech at the funeral of Phillippe’s character ‘Sébastien’ before being interrupted by her cohort realising and exposing her true and sinister identity. The movie concludes with Reese Witherspoon’s ‘Annette’ looking pretty bad-ass driving his Jaguar Roadster as the song continues. Film aside, this soundtrack fares well as a compilation of its own right, with the likes of Blur, Placebo, Counting Crows and Fatboy Slim forming a solid mix.
Rating: As good as SMG is at playing a bad guy.
Written by Kate Carnell