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.