There are many movies with great soundtracks but right now I want to talk about musical performances in movies. Some actors did an amazing job with singing and some made great appearances in films. Here are the positions 10 to 6 of music scenes in my personal top 10 (the places 5 to 1 will follow in the next days):
10. Rock N Roll Highschool – The Ramones
I’ve always been a Ramones fan thus I adore this movie. It’s about a highschool with a new principal who wants disciplin and therefore tries to ban rock music. Riff Randell, a huge Ramones fan, is first in line to get a ticket when they play in town. The principal, Miss Togar, takes her ticket away but through a radio contest she still gets to meet the band. When Miss Togar and some parents start to burn records the students revolt. And with the help of the Ramones they take over the school.
This movie is stuffed to the top with great tunes. You get to see the concert Riff Randell goes to but my favourite music scene in this movie is at the end.
9. Chicago – The Cell Block Tango
Based on a musical Rob Marshall made an amazing movie. With Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere in the leading roles very talented actors had been casted. Not only did they deliver a great acting performance, they also impressed with their singing skills.
The movie is about two women who meet in jail. Velma, a star, killed her sister and her husband who had an affair. Roxie Hart shot her lover because he lied to her. With the help of her lawyer Roxie manipulates the press and becomes famous. From there on the movie follows the trial.
My favourite musical performance in this movie is the Cell Block Tango where all the merry murderesses of the jail are introduced and tell their stories. This song captures the rather dark atmosphere of the entire story really well.
8. Almost Famous – Fever Dog
Cameron Crowe made a lovely movie about a band called “Stillwater”.
15-year-old William is about to write a story for the Rolling Stone. Therefore he accompanies “Stillwater” on their tour. He makes many new experiences and falls in love with Penny Lane, a girl who follows the band on their tour and has an affair with Russell, the guitarist.
All the actor do an amazing job. Especially the band members are extraordinary. It would be easy to believe that “Stillwater” is a real band and not just a bunch of actors. Because of their performance “Fever Dog” is one of my favourite musical performances.
7. Across the Universe – With a Little Help From my Friends
This movie is similar to Mama Mia. A story was built around Beatles songs which were then interpreted by the actors. The movie follows Jude, a boy from Liverpool who travels illegally to America in the 1960s. There he befriends Max and falls in love with his sister Lucy.
Once more I was really impressed how well the actors managed singing these famous songs. Of course it sounds different from the Beatles versions but for the movie the songs were made a bit fresher and feel a little younger. I really liked the performance of With a Little Help From my Friends. In this scene the feeling of the movie is captured really well. A little crazy but also a story of love and friendship.
6. Control – She’s Lost Control
In this biopic Anthony Corbjin tells the story of Ian Curtis, the singer of Joy Division. I already wrote a review on the book “Touching From a Distance” by Deborah Curtis which was the basis for the movie and compared it with the film.
She’s Lost Control always was one of my favourites from Joy Division and the actors performed it amazingly. Not only does Sam Riley look like Ian Curtis he even sounds just like him.