Has there ever been a more perfect match for a movie soundtrack than Daft Punk and “Tron: Legacy“? Certainly there are few collaborative efforts that have received as much fan excitement as this one. Daft Punk is going to be involved in a good portion of the “Tron: Legacy” promotional efforts as the days tick down until the film’s December 17 release, and that explains why the latest trailer is really a music video for one of the 24 songs on the “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack, “Derezzed.”
The only new scene in the trailer is a shot of the Daft Punk duo, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, in their cameo as disc jockeys at a nightclub within the digital world. And those costumes that they’re wearing aren’t even costumes, but just the typical outfits that Daft Punk wear during all their performances. So, has there ever been a soundtrack and film so perfectly matched for one another? Check out a handful of our recent favorites after the jump!
“The Social Network”
Just recently, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor teamed up with his frequent collaborator Atticus Ross to score “The Social Network,” and while on the surface it might seem like a strange match the result was so freaking perfect. With “The Social Network” building some serious Oscar buzz, it seems likely that Reznor and Ross will get some Academy recognition for their work.
“Where The Wild Things Are”
Spike Jonze’s “Where The Wild Things Are” wasn’t the runaway hit we thought it would be, but the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O collaboration with Carter Burwell for the soundtrack definitely struck a chord with audiences. Karen O was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for “All Is Love,” but it’s still the Arcade Fire song “Wake Up” (used in the film’s first trailer) that reminds us of letting the wild rumpus begin.
Yes, this series is going to keep going and going and going, but the first film was definitely the best largely because Marilyn Manson composed the soundtrack. It might not have been the most musical soundtrack ever made, but it was perfectly appropriate for a horror zombie flick, and definitely made “Resident Evil” much better than it would have been otherwise.
“Away We Go”
Scottish filmmaker Alexi Murdoch has made a lot of music for film and television in the past, but his soundtrack for Sam Mendes’ “Away We Go” is definitely a high point. The soundtrack includes some songs from Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Stranglers and The Velvet Underground, but it’s Murdoch’s voice that gives the film some serious emotional gravity.
“The Twilight Saga”
Dozens of musicians and bands — Death Cab for Cutie, Muse, Vampire Weekend and Band of Horses, to name a few) have contributed to making the three “Twilight Saga” soundtracks some of the best-selling CDs in recent years. By creating unique songs (Death Cab’s “Meet Me on the Equinox” is a personal fave) for the films, they’ve also given the vampire flicks a special indie vibe. Plus, any franchise that can get Robert Pattinson to record two songs for the first soundtrack is a win in our books.
What is your favorite movie soundtrack?