My tryst with western(mostly english) movie world was facilitated by my brother. Till then all I used to watch were those odd Indian(mostly malayalam) movies which became big hits.
So when I got to watch films like ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Lord Of The Rings’, I was taken aback by the stunning visuals and the eargasmic background scores. They were nothing like what I heard in all those Indian movies that I had watched, and have watched ever since. I was instantly drawn to that and eventually got sucked into the west.
Now I watch more English(and other western languages) movies a year than in my mother tongue(malayalam). The music and the visuals of western movies still amaze me just like it did when I began watching it almost 10 years ago(not a really long time, still). I have cultured a habit of collecting those soundtracks that are so beautiful and haunting that I play them several times during a day in my mind for inspiration or peace. There is nothing like magical music that can move you into a world of your own instantly. So here are some of the most amazing soundtracks that I’ve heard.
A Window To The Past – Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)
As of now, my personal favourite. The genius of John Williams knows no bounds . All the magical emotions and wonder of JK Rowling’s creation packed into something which will haunt me forever.
Drawing – Cashback (2006)
One of the most beautiful (highly underrated) movies that I’ve seen. The background score by Guy Farley took it to another level. A piece music which is sad theme yet something which reminds you how beautiful the life is.
Rohirrim Charge – Lord Of the Rings(LOTR):The Return Of The King(2003)
No matter how many times I watch this scene, it sent chills down my spine. The sheer epicness of this scene alone is far greater than that of many so called ‘epic’ movies. Howard Shore’s musical craft for the LOTR series (more than 10 hours) will remain, forever, as one of the great compositions of our time.
Das Leben Der Anderen(2006-German) main theme
Easily the best non-english movie I’ve seen. A poignant drama about human connections and freedom. The soundtrack by Gabriel Yared and Stéphane Moucha portrays the beauty and sorrow of the tale perfectly.
J’y suis jamais allé – Amélie(2001-French)
Amélie is all about ‘happiness’. If you can’t find happiness after watching this movie, then you won’t find it anywhere else. It’s so full of life and joy. The musical ecstasy by Yann Tiersen tells you all about the wonderful Amélie Poulain.
Lost But Won – Rush(2013)
Rush is all about inspiration. The incredibly talented Hans Zimmer gives exactly that all through the movie. His background score is as inspiring as the story itself.
Claudia’s Theme – Unforgiven(1992)
Unforgiven deals with life and more importantly, taking of life(murder). Even though the theme is gruesome, it has a inherent beauty. ‘Claudia’s Theme’ by Lennie Neihaus is up there with some of the most beautiful things I’ve heard in my life.