To me, the indicator of a memorable movie music moment is how you remember a particular song, a singular note or heart wrenching lyric. Instead of remembering the first time you heard those key notes flooding through your radio, you are taken back to a scene in a movie where the director has so perfectly paired the scene and the sound together.
This very delightful sort of happening occurred a few days ago when Jess shared with me the musical magic of Sigur Ros. Instantly, I was taken back to the final scene in Vanilla Sky(2001). David Aames (Tom Cruise) is a playboy who has inherited his father’s multi-million dollar enterprise. David has a laissez faire attitude toward the company and to most other things in life including his casual sexual encounters with Julie(Cameron Diaz). It is when Sofia(Penelope Cruz) enters one of David’s parties, that his life is changed forever. He is instantly smitten with Sofia and they spend a night together chatting (without sleeping together). It seems David has reformed in this single encounter but he immediately returns to his playboy ways in one fateful decision. His life is changed forever and in the final scene he realizes that running away from his horrific reality has left him with nothing as Sigur Ros’s Njosnavelin(The Nothing Song) rings through the backdrop of a vanilla sky.
Cameron Crowe’s psychodrama may not provide us with that “Aha!” ending, but there is one thing that this film is certainly not short of : music. The soundtrack is jam-packed with pop hits and Sigur Ros’ Njosnavelin is the perfect ending to a movie that otherwise doesn’t really make much sense.