Sunday, November 29, 2015

Movie Music and More #36 : "The Monuments Men" (2014)

I (Hamlette) think The Monuments Men is a lovely movie, if you can ever call a movie about war "lovely."  It feels like a throwback to classic WWII films from the 1960s, like The Great Escape (1963) and The Guns of Navarone (1963).  Alexandre Desplat's soundtrack also hearkens back to the movies of that era, and it has become one of my favorite scores to write to. 

The first track I'm sharing is "Basic Training."  It's upbeat and cheery, one of those "let's all get working on something together" sorts of songs.  And about 30 seconds in, it brings in the movie's main theme, which is endearingly jaunty and optimistic.

"I See You Stahl" is completely different -- dark and foreboding, and with a sense of desperation.  In the middle it gets very menacing before a calmer theme arrives to bring a sense of hope that leads back into the more can-do feel that pervades the movie.

"Normandy" is a more thoughtful song, quiet and reflective, and yet ultimately also strong and confident.

If you enjoyed those three short selections, you can listen to the whole soundtrack on YouTube here.  I heartily recommend it.

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