Quentin Tarantino has said that movies and music go hand in hand which is why the soundtrack to his films are such an integral to the overall film. Tarantino views music as something as equally important as the dialogue and the cinematography. It adds an extra layer of depth to movies as it stimulates auditory senses in addition to the images seen.
For my wild card, I wanted to explore the realm of music more since I was able unable to incorporate them into my essays. I chose a song for my favorite characters from each of the movies we watched during the course of the class and provided some rationale for the choice of music. These songs, in my opinion, are what each of the character embodies — each character’s theme song.
The Hateful Eight — Jody:
In my opinion, I believe that Channing Tatum’s portrayal of Jody in the film was very well done. One of my favorite scenes in The Hateful Eight was The Four Passengers chapter where Jody and his gang beautifully slaughter Judy, Minnie, and Sweet Dave; the three-hundred sixty degrees cinematography of this scene was stunning. The third movement of Beethoven’s famous Moonlight Sonata perfectly portrays Tatum’s character. The piece starts off with pianissimo but then slowly crescendos to a eardrum-popping fortissimo. The pianissimo exemplifies Jody’s deceitful qualities as he enters Minnie’s Haberdashery, feigning to be a fatigued traveler. However, as we reach the fortissimo, we see Jody’s true intentions for his pitstop at the haberdashery — the cold-blooded killer in him comes out.
True Romance — Floyd:
I think my reason for picking this song for Floyd from True Romance is obvious. Every time we saw Floyd in the movie, he was stupidly high which added a comedic effect to his character in the film. On top of that, Brad Pitt admitted that he was suffering from depression that was a result of his pot-smoking habits back in the 90’s which is why he ask director Tony Scott to cast him as the pothead roommate in the film.
Pulp Fiction — Marcellus Wallace:
Marcellus Wallace gives off this vibe that he’s the man in charge. “Does Marcellus Wallace look like a bitch?” Whoever answers that question should be smart enough to say no. I believe that Marcellus Wallace’s theme song is 50 Cent’s song Many Men. Marcellus Wallace isn’t afraid to put a bullet in someone for messing with him — I mean, he didn’t hesitate to throw a man off a four story building for giving his wife a foot massage. This persona that Marcellus has is shared with 50 Cent and the message that he has in his song Many Men.
Jackie Brown — Jackie Brown:
The only reason I found out about this song is because of the #RunningManChallenges that’s gone viral on YouTube lately. I think this song perfectly represents Jackie Brown’s feelings towards Max Cherry. It’s evident that the chemistry between the two is there, yet neither of them want to open up about. In addition, the 90’s hip-hop feel that Ghost Town DJ gives off matches the flirtatious vibe that Jackie Brown gives off towards Max Cherry.
Inglourious Basterds — Smithson Utivich:
Private Smithson Utivich had a very minor role in Inglourious Basterds. Col. Hans Landa even calls him the “little man,” hinting at how the Nazis viewed Utivich. At times, his presence in the film provided some sort of comedic relief to me. In a way, he can be seen as Lt. Aldo Raine’s sidekick. B.J. Novak, the actor who portrayed Utivich, starred as Ryan Howard in The Office. Given his prior history in The Office and the comedic relief he provides for the film, there’s no better theme song for him than The Office’s theme song.
Django: Unchained — Dr. Schultz & Inglourious Basterds — Col. Hans Landa
Although I already picked a song for a character from Inglourious Basterds, I felt that it would’ve been unfair if I gave Dr. Schultz a song and not Col. Hans Landa. Both of these characters are played by Christoph Waltz — a brilliant actor. Both Dr. Schultz and Col. Hans Landa both emit this aura of eloquence every time they talk, charming almost. This is the reason why I chose Waltz of the Flowers as their theme song. This piece from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is a very light and playful composition — a trait that Christoph Waltz’s acting possesses.
To me, movies and music go hand in hand. When I’m writing a script, one of the first things I do is find the music I’m going to play for the opening sequence. — Quentin Tarantino