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Being John Malkovich: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [ECD]
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
Writing a soundtrack for Being John Malkovich couldn't have been an easy task for Carter Burwell. How many films so freely sneak between absurdity, fantasy, and dark melancholy--often in the same scene? Thankfully, the ... more »
Writing a soundtrack for Being John Malkovich couldn't have been an easy task for Carter Burwell. How many films so freely sneak between absurdity, fantasy, and dark melancholy--often in the same scene? Thankfully, the film composer rose to the task. The music of Being John Malkovich varies from introspective simple piano solos to a snippet of Bartók, but mostly revolves around an orchestrated theme found from the start of the movie (heard in the track "Puppet Love" all the way through "Future Vessel"). There are some odd surprises, such as Björk's dreamy contribution of "Amphibian" and "Malkovich Masterpiece Remix," in which the actor reciting his name is transformed into a goofy trip-hop tune. Track 17 is an excerpt of Burwell verbally explaining a scene to his orchestra; on track 18 ("Lotte Makes Love"), we get to hear the outcome. Just like the movie, this soundtrack can be repetitive at times, but it's a perfect accompaniment to this weird and wonderful film. --Jason Verlinde
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A CD ALMOST AS INGENIOUS AND KOOKY AS THE FILM ITSELF
Clompy | Destin, Fl | 12/16/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I saw this EXCELLENT film in November, I knew I loved the music. I went out to buy the soundtrack and discovered it wouldn't be released until Dec. 14! That was an ENTIRE month away! Well, I waited and finally got what I wanted. Was I happy with it? More than happy. The packaging itself is something that you rarely see. It flips open to reveal a pamphlet with a bunch of Malkovich heads on it! Then, inside, it contains about thirty to fourtyfive minutes of the script's dialogue! It's the weirdest thing I've seen! Getting to the CD, there are a handful of good ones. Namely the hysterical (if you've seen the movie) "Malkovich Masterpiece Remix". That's crazy and cool! Bartok's "Allegro" is a neat piece and Carter Burwell's score is really moody and interesting (though quite repetitive). Each track sounds very similar, just with a different name. But still, the soundtrack is very innovative and strange. ALSO, you can see visuals on the CD when you put it into your computer."
It was a Malkovich Masterpiece
Ted Kanailf | Texas | 01/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I thought this cd was fantastic. I mean, I loved the movie, but the cd is even better. I especially liked the Malkovich Masterpiece Re-Mix done by Mario C and Spike Jonze. It sounds like they took the original song from the movie and sprinkled a little gold on top. I also loved the Bjork song. She has such a big voice for such a tiny person. Carter Burwell's score was great too. Keep your kids safe from Hollywood, buy this CD."
Another great score.
Adam | SC | 05/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like the score to "Donnie Darko", this one also captures the feel of the movie, and is also one of the best film scores I've ever heard. Carter Burwell is one of the greatest composers, and this CD proves it. This score brings out the mixed emotions in the movie, and words cannot describe how awesome it is. There aren't many scores like this one. You should find it and buy it as soon as you see it. Great score. Buy it NOW!"