Movie Soundtrack to My Life

By Danielle Julien

To anyone who doesn’t know me, the most important thing you need to understand is I am infatuated with movies. All aspects of the movie industry fascinate me, but something that has stuck out to me more and more lately is the soundtracks or scores in films. It’s a part of a movie that likely goes unnoticed by most, but it’s one of the most crucial. I’ve listed my top four favorite scores from various movies to make a quick playlist, and to give a few subtle movie suggestions, of course.


“Home” by Hans Zimmer, from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

Ever since I was a child, going to the movies has been an emotional, metaphysical experience for me. It’s as if sitting in uncomfortable seats and staring at a big blue screen pulls my soul out of me or something. I have many weird experiences of dissociation during movies, but I would have to say the weirdest was during my viewing of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. For two hours and five minutes, my life stopped completely; I forgot who I was, and I was sucked into the lives of men recreating the lives of other men. I was crying a numb, silent cry for most of the film, but when I heard the music from the song “Home” (as I have come to find out after repeated listening of the song, it is the final 2 minutes that really set me off) I started crying harder than I think I’ve ever cried in a movie theater, and I was sucked back into my body by way of silent sobs.

 “Mia and Sebastian’s Theme” by Justin Hurwitz, from Damien Chazelle’s La La Land

To be completely honest, I thought La La Land was a little too hyped up. Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful movie in terms of cinematography and the musical aspect. This song is one of the musical aspects that does make the movie great. Something about the piano at the beginning of this song makes me want to start crying. It’s probably because I can see Ryan Gosling hunched over a piano playing it, and who doesn’t love that image. I’ve come to love this song so much that I’ve decided it has to be played at my wedding. Maybe I’ll hire Ryan to come play it for me himself.

“Chiron’s Theme” by Nicholas Britell, from Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight

I have to start off by saying I wish this song was longer than 56 seconds. But at least there are three other songs on the Moonlight soundtrack that sound almost identical. But really, this piece is so beautiful and heart-wrenching. The whole movie is beautiful heart-wrenching. Moonlight deserved so much better, thank god it actually did win Best Picture over La La Land. Every time this song plays my heart breaks a little just thinking about the power of this movie.

“Buchanan Mansion and Daisy Suite” by Craig Armstrong, from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

If you’ve ever seen Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby, you probably remember the white curtain scene near the beginning of the movie. The second half of this song is playing during those moments and the visual combined with Armstrong’s music is absolutely surreal. This whole movie is a bop and a half, with both an amazing soundtrack and score to delight your ears. This song is doubly important to me now because The Great Gatsby was the first movie I really fell in love with and I feel that love whenever I hear this song.

*Image from Amazon



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