2 items from 2013
With “The Great Gatsby,” opening May 10, director Baz Luhrmann revisits the delirium of star-crossed romance evocative of his signature films “Romeo + Juliet” (1996) and “Moulin Rouge!” (2001). And like those movies, specifically “Moulin Rouge” — a mashup of contemporary pop and movie musical tunes in a period setting — “Gatsby” promises a heady brew of sounds that define Luhrmann’s at-times over-the-top aesthetic.
There are enough elements to fill a record store: Craig Armstrong’s original score as well as his arrangements for other artists featured in the soundtrack; music from Jay-z that’s more than a mere guest-artist contribution; songs specifically written and performed for the movie by the likes of Florence + the Machine, Lana Del Rey and the xx; found period and current music from such artists as Beyonce, Andre 3000, Jack White, will.i.am and Louis Armstrong; reinterpreted Gershwin and Varese classics; and ’20s jazz recorded by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra. »
- Steve Chagollan
You’ve known them for years, maybe all your life: the great comicbook movie and TV themes. John Williams’ soaring brass flourishes for Superman, Danny Elfman’s brooding Gothic fanfare for “Batman,” even the silly Spider-Man title song from the TV series that was so catchy it wound up in the first three Spidey movies.
Once upon a time, superhero movies demanded big orchestras and heroic musical signatures. The concept dates back to the Max Fleischer “Superman” cartoons of the 1940s, carried on in the “Adventures of Superman” series of the ’50s.
But in the 21st century, do big-budget comicbook movies still require the same treatment? More to the point, do audiences demand it? Is it a risky strategy to depart from the decades-old musical traditions of DC and Marvel heroes?
- Jon Burlingame
2 items from 2013
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners