My tryst with the 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, especially by the eargasmic background scores. They were nothing like what I had heard in all those Indian movies that I had watched till then and have watched ever since. I was instantly drawn to that and eventually got sucked into the west.
Now I watch more English movies a year than in my mother tongue, Malayalam. The music of western movies still amazes me just like it did when I began watching it almost 10 years ago(not a really long time, still). In fact I have cultured a habit of collecting those soundtracks that are so beautiful and haunting that I play them several times a day in my mind for inspiration or peace.
Soundtracks can lift the emotions to a different level. It can make a poorly crafted scene look wonderful and average, or even bad, movies memorable. There is nothing like magical music that can move you into a world of your own in a split second. 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.
Across the stars, Force Theme – Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the clones (2002)
Star Wars is the one movie which will etch the name ‘John Williams’ in the history books of music. The soundtrack has been played by several renowned orchestras around the world in the past and will be played 200 years from now. There are several star wars compositions worthy to be in this list of mine. But I chose these two. Simply two of the most amazing tributes to “Love” and “belief”, I have heard till date. ‘Across the stars’ is beauty, suffering and pain of blind love, all rolled into a single piece.
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 of music which reminds you, how beautiful 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 still sends 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 greatest soundtrack works 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 an inherent beauty. ‘Claudia’s Theme’ by Lennie Neihaus is up there with some of the most beautiful things I’ve heard in my life.
Main theme(extended) – Interstellar (2014)
There won’t be a movie like ‘Interstellar’ that drowns us in awe of the universe, its many mysteries and our existence as emotional beings in it. The soundtrack, Hans Zimmer’s masterpiece, is a work which can craft those emotions that we would never experience in this life, otherwise, or on this planet.