March 9, 2011 by DJ Elroy
I’m usually able to find time to hit a new movie each week with the Brookers, and I’ve been seeing the trailers for the new ‘Hanna‘ movie for the past month or so.
And it looks… interesting. Good, even.
Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a bit homely looking, but saying that just reminds me how programmed Hollywood has us. I don’t notice beautiful people, I just take them for granted. But when a leading role isn’t as pleasing to the eye…
This film is still on my “to see” list. An action thriller? I’m in! But it’s not just the movie. It’s the soundtrack. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know. How about that creepy carousal music?
Turns out the score was done by The Chemical Brothers (who also had a hand in the ‘Black Swan‘ soundtrack). Now when it comes to dance music they aren’t my cup of coffee, but it’s great to see some of our cultural champions going big-time. (As if they weren’t before)…
But what happens when electronic artists take the helm in this capacity? The recent ‘Tron‘ movie (scored by Daft Punk) fell short of the hype. And remember ‘Swordfish‘ back in the day? Oakenfold worked it, but it wasn’t too hot at the box office. So a soundtrack can’t carry a movie anymore, it’s obvious. But a good soundtrack with a good movie? Look at the success of ‘The Social Network’ (Trent Reznor).
So maybe it’s not an either/or thing.
I had a chance to check out the ‘Hanna’ soundtrack, and it’s only gotten me more excited for the film! The different aspects seem to capture the various moods — suspense, adrenaline, danger, whatever… Between the movie trailer and the soundtrack I can almost piece together the film; the sounds are that rich. It’s got a heavy electronic influence, but don’t go in expecting much straight dance-floor fare. The tracks are more subtle. After all, the music is built around the movie, not the other way around.
Favorite tracks include “The Devil is in the Details” and “The Devil is in the Beats” and “Container Park“. Some of the cuts are ambient reprises, some more fleshed out with backing beats and a definite direction. But either way, this is shaping up to be one great project — can’t wait to see it!