I had been toying with the idea of doing a La La Land review on my blog, but I feel like everything I have to say about the film has already been said by other people in a much more eloquent way than I could possibly say. What I will say, however, is that I adored this film even more than I was expecting to (which was an exceeding amount). The second the opening scene started dancing across the screen, I knew I was going to love it. I've always been a sucker for musical films, especially when they have a bit of an old Hollywood influence. But La La Land has really struck a chord with me. I kept finding myself crying throughout the film just at the sheer beauty of it. The way it captures so much emotion through it's dialogue, songs and colours just really got to me. One thing that I think really made the film for me, however, is the score. It's simply astounding and packs in so much emotion that I can't seem to stop listening. For this reason, and to share my love for La La Land, I thought I'd make a list of five film scores which made me feel equally as overjoyed as this one did. 

Amelie, Yan Tiersen. Whimsical and charming, just as the film is, this score makes for happy listening. It's one of my favourites to turn to when I need a pick-me up. It is pure, undiluted joy. 

Inception, Hans Zimmer. Zimmer has composed the scores for some huge films, including The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean and Interstellar. Just as tense as you'd expect a Zimmer score to be, Inception is one of my favourites. It's dramatic and energetic, devastating and delicate all at once. 

American Beauty, Thomas Newman. In a list of best film scores, it's rare that you'd ever see American Beauty not included. It's one of those scores which actually seems to define the film which it comes from and it has become instantly recognisable. It's beautifully simple.

Drive, Cliff Martinez. The Drive score is another one which completely made the film for me and is possibly my most listened to film score in recent years (although now La La Land is in my radar I'm not sure how long that'll last for!). When paired with Drive's fantastic soundtrack, this score is a real winner.

Cloud Atlas, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil. I definitely think this score is underrated. It's unbelievably beautiful and it's pacing is sure to make you feel absolutely giddy. It's tense and exciting and I don't think I'll ever get bored of it.

What's your favourite film score? And are any of them still standing as favourite after the release of La La Land? 

1 comment :

  1. All of these (particularly Amelie) = great choices!
    Couple of my favourites not mentioned here are Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone and Pleasantville (by Randy Newman - Thomas Newman's cousin)