Monday, February 16, 2009

Music of Cinematic Force and the Bet for a Golden Knight

As the week approaches its end we are getting closer and closer to the most glamorous film event of the year. This event also closes the 'Awards Run' and as golden Oscars are about to be handed out on The Oscars this upcoming Sunday (Feb 22nd). The nominations for Original Score in a motion picture this year is: 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', 'Defiance', 'Milk', 'Slumdog Millionaire' and Pixar's 'Wall-E'. It's really only going to count between three as I see it. Alexander Desplat's score for 'The Curious Case...', A.R Rahman's work for Slumdog Millionaire and Thomas Newman's cooperation with Peter Gabriel in Pixar's magical Wall-E.

Some claim that the musical awards do not play any major roles and in some way people are right. But after have been magically caught by the three movies 'Wall-E', The 'Curious Case...min Button' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' I look past the lines of narrtive and storytelling and brilliant achievements by established and unestablished actors and actresses one of the most powerful controlling element that has created the atmosphere in these movies is the score composed by brilliant musicians. My bet for the Original Score Oscar is not yet decided but I'm going to present the three soundtracks that I believe is the one's we can count on in the category this Sunday.

The Soundtrack for Pixar's new creation 'Wall-E' is a very well composed narrative by one of the most respected composers in Hollywood. With movies like 'Finding Nemo', 'Road To Perdition', 'Shawshank Redemtion' and 'American Beauty', composer Thomas Newman receives his 10th Academy Award nominee. The 'spacy' and 'apple' based soundtrack has an atmosphere of coziness that is the recognition mark of Newman. He creates a spiritual walk of time and emotions and if I had a vote it would be on Newman's Wall-E. His score and close work with Peter Gabriel in the Original Song category, 'Down To Earth' is truly an emotional journey that sets the tone to this fantastic story.

In the other two tips we have one forgotten bet and the predicted winner. The forgotten bet is Alexander Desplat's work with the fantastic story of Benjamin Button and his love story with Daisy Fuller. The mysterious tone of the score upholds the curiosity of the unusual case of Benjamin Button. Mysterious nights in Mourmansk to a lovestory in the Louisiana delta is the journey that Desplat's score takes us on. It's probably a forgotten bet in the run for the golden knight but one of the most catching musical experiences in this year's nominee's. 

The winner is because the odd and newly, highly creative soundtrack by A.R Rahman for the predicted Best Motion Picture winner 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Rahman's score is entertaining and holds a tone of modernity. It works perfect to the intense editing and the strange narrative way of the plot. The story of Jamal Malik and his run for 20 million Rupees and search for his love of his life Latika is this years love story by all means and the 'Theme of Latika' is a brilliant and beautiful composition. As well as when it comes to the use of M.I.A's 'Paper Planes' during the journey of Jamal and his brother Salim across India. The final song 'Jai Ho' is nominated for 'Original Song' and will probably win that one as well in a soundtrack that will win the category in one of the most important elements of the tone that cathes us in the world of movies.

You never get what you wish for, but we will see, still all these three scores are inspirational sources that upholds the atmospheres in these fantastic movies and love stories of different shapes.

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