Music and movies go together like peanut butter and jelly. Without music, some of our favorite films would lose all their luster. What would Indiana Jones, Titanic, or Star Wars be without all that iconic music? Movie soundtracks have the ability to take a good film and elevate it to greatness. But what can a soundtrack do for a movie that absolutely sucks? Let's find out.
Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
The late great artist known as Prince made three movies in his lifetime. One of them was good. Unfortunately, this is not that movie. Under the Cherry Moon is an almost unwatchable film for anyone who’s not a diehard Prince fan. However, like anything the purple one is involved in, the music is off the charts. With pop-infused classics like "Kiss" and "Mountains," you can skip the flick and just give the soundtrack a listen.
Batman Forever (1995)
While not as bad as director Joel Schumacher's follow-up film, Batman & Robin, Batman Forever is one of Batman’s lesser outings. With way too much slapstick, neon paint, nauseating camera angles, and not enough, well, good stuff. The film will be remembered, in a good way, for its five-star soundtrack featuring hits like Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" and U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me."
While the soundtrack wasn’t able to elevate Cameron Crowe’s 2005 film, Elizabethtown, the soundtrack shows how powerful the right music in the right moment is. Toward the end of the film, we’re in a car with our lead as he goes on a road trip to mourn his recently deceased father. The scene shows a man remembering his father and being washed over by an avalanche of emotion as Sir Elton John's "My Father's Gun" plays. For that one, bright, shiny moment, this movie wasn’t just good. It was perfect.
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