When the Soundtrack is Good but the Movies Sucks.
When the first Twilight movie came out in 2008, the world laughed at it’s fan base for enjoying it.
I’ll admit that I was smitten by the craze for awhile, it only lasted the first two films. I don't even remember if I saw the third. But looking back I do admit, the books are filled with cliches, grammatical errors, and terrible plot lines. And the first movie seems to be shot with almost a blueish filter over the camera lens, the actors seem to fumble over lines, and the chemistry from everyone in the movies is lacking. (Taking 6 writing course and 3 films course has truly ruined any nostalgia I might have for these movie.) But, most people that aren’t fans of the movie already knew this. So with all of the reviews for the first movie being that it was horrible, career killing, and very hated how did the soundtracks turn out so good?
To me, the best soundtrack from the series is the New Moon soundtrack.
Featuring Bon Iver with St. Vincent, Thom Yorke, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, and Grizzly Bear. A lineup like that could be a sold out festival within its own right. The music that these artists contributed to this soundtrack makes it feel like this hazy synth folk dream.
Thom Yorke “Hearing Damage” is so dark and spacey, it’s such a cool song. You just feel cool listening to the way it moves up and down. “Roslyn” by Bon Iver & St.Vincent is so graceful, you will probably cry. The whole sound of the soundtrack feels misty and sad, which makes sense for the movie. The hidden treasures of “Satellite Heart” by Anya Marina and “Possibility” by Lykke Li just makes this soundtrack so much better. The vocals on this album from almost everyone, are imperfect, scratchy, raspy, and gritty. But it’s so good. A coffee shop in Seattle, could put this soundtrack on and it would fit the atmosphere.
The third movie, Eclipse, is just as good.
We have Metric, Florence and the Machine, Sia, The Black Keys, Beck with Bat For Lashes, Vampire Weekend, and Band of Horse. Also Muse made a return on this soundtrack. Again this could be another festival line up, probably a way different festival but still.
Sia’s song “My Love” is stunning. It’s a song that moves, with piano and strings. The instrumental version of the song is as perfect when Sia sings over it in her voice that eases through the song. And gosh freakin Metric and Florence and the Machine start off this soundtrack with the most girl power vocals that makes you feel ready to fight a vampire army of newborns. (That's the plot of the third movie.)