Monday Movie Music Moment

This Monday Movie Music Moment is a little peculiar, only because it’s not actually taken directly from a film. It does, however, contribute equally as much to the greatness of the movie – because I can guarantee it caught the attention of millions with the first few notes of a contemporary classic.

This Monday I want to highlight one of the most – if not the most – heartwarming, eye and ear-catching film trailers I’ve seen to date. I remember sitting in a theatre a few years ago, popcorn and jumbo fountain pop in hand, and watching motionlessly as the opening scene of the preview for what immediately looked to be a re-creation of Maurice Sendak’s famous children’s story Where The Wild Things Are rolled on the screen. The celebrated story (which I was read too many times to count as a kid) follows a rebellious little boy who, after being sent to his room by his Mother without dinner, creates an imaginary world of creatures in his mind where he is the worshipped King – only to have the adventure of a lifetime, and inevitably miss home.

Starting with the lead character Max slumped over the shoulders of one of his imagination’s “Wild Things”, the preview flows into the opening acoustic strums that are right away identifiable as those of the powerful anthem “Wake Up” from Arcade Fire’s debut album Funeral.

What I found most captivating about Spike Jonze’s use of this song, was that even though I’ve played this song repeatedly since my late high school days – when paired with the imagery of a sensitive, curious and mischievous young boy looking for a fulfilling escape from a world he doesn’t understand – it suddenly became more perfect than I could’ve ever imagined. The song, which made sense to me all along, suddenly made so much more sense when set to scenes of Max’s adventure and the imaginary adventures I know I took as a kid.

If the children don’t grow up, our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up,” lead singer Win sings to a montage of Max’s changing life in the real world, before setting off into the booming orchestral chorus, flashes of his journey and wonderful life messages printed across screen. Since the song is about the insecurities of growing up, the disenchantment of what that might entail and the hurt that reality can sometimes bring – it’s a perfect representation of this book and the lovely message of exploring, getting older, missing home and just having to adjust.

I still get chills every time I watch this preview – so it’s definitely an example of perfect song selection, in a nutshell. Enjoy!

* Also, the rest of the soundtrack (which was put together by Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) is pretty amazing; “Rumpus” is infectious!

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About Jess Huddleston

Jess (@JessHuddles) is the music mama and song savvy nut of in a nutshell. Since she was young, Jess has noticed new acts, harassed people to find out what tune is playing and asked everyone to repeat themselves because she's plugged in. After completing a journalism degree at Carleton University, Jess stepped into the world of communications, music publicity and magazine writing, while still making time each day to share sounds. Although this funny gal also has a strong passion for fashion and all things pop culture, you're most likely to hear her rave that a particular song or album will "change your life." * Bad Habit: Smart Food. * Favourite Food: Avocado everything. * Favourite Restaurant: La Carnita. * Wine of Choice: Merlot. * Favourite Band/Artist(s): The Boss, Ryan Adams, The Walkmen, Band of Horses. * Favourite Song: All Springsteen songs, "Sweet Thing" by Van Morrison, “Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John, "I Go To The Barn" by Band of Horses and "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding. * Fashion Icon: Emily Weiss. * Favourite Movie: Only You, Forrest Gump, The Departed. * TV series: Breaking Bad or Friends. * Sport: Basketball and Soccer. * Team: Duke... but, realistically, Florida. * Blackberry or Iphone: iPhone. * Favourite Books: The Great Gatsby, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and all Kerouac.

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