Trailer Park

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies - By MUM­TAJ BEGUM en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

POP­U­LAR mu­sic has al­ways been an in­te­gral part in film – from driv­ing a scene and as a back­drop filler to heighten the emo­tions and cre­ate sus­pense.

In two of this month’s re­leases, mu­sic plays an im­por­tant role al­ready ev­i­dent in the movies’ trail­ers. Atomic Blonde has re­leased three trail­ers and three “chap­ters”, each one with a dif­fer­ent song.

One of the most ac­tion-packed “chap­ters” fea­tures Ge­orge Michael’s Fa­ther Fig­ure. It’s quite in­ter­est­ing to see the in­ter­play be­tween the slow num­ber and the vis­ual it ac­com­pa­nies – of ac­tress Char­l­ize Theron in the midst of a fe­ro­cious fight. Atomic Blonde is set in the 1980s, so almost all the songs fea­tured so far are from this decade. Apart from Michael’s 1987 hit, there are also Queen’s Killer Queen, New Order’s Blue Mon­day and The Pol­i­tics Of Danc­ing by Re-Flex. The film, co-star­ring James McAvoy and Sofia Boutella, opens at cine­mas on July 27. Baby Driver is an­other movie which uses mu­sic promi­nently. Part of the rea­son is be­cause the film re­volves around a get­away driver named Baby (Ansel El­gort) who lis­tens to mu­sic ev­ery minute of the day.

Per­haps the song you want to hear on re­peat from this movie is John Spencer Blues Ex­plo­sion’s Bell­bot­toms, since this is the num­ber that in­spired direc­tor Edgar Wright to come up with Baby Driver. Un­square Dance by Dave Brubeck is an­other tune heard in the trailer. Baby Driver opens on July 20.

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