Friday, December 28, 2007


Yesterday Nic and I went to see Juno* and rather than go on and on about the film, as she and I both liked it (but I'm not sure it's as great as people are making it out to be), I just wanted to make an observation. The film - like most films today - used great "indie" music to back the story, but Juno used one song perfectly.

All to often, entertainment uses indie music for the sake of being cool. Terrible TV and film uses great bands to help peek interest. From the few episodes I've watched, Grey's Anatomy is unwatchable but has a plethora of singer song writers to heighten the drama. In Good Company used perhaps the best song ever written - The Trapeze Swinger - to close the film, even though the 9-minute epic had nothing to do with ending to the film.

I know that music isn't a literal translation of a mood and sometimes you just love the way a song fits into a scene. It's not rocket science, but in one scene Juno was completely overwhelmed by the ridicule of her fellow students. She hated how everyone laughed at her as she walked by. She hated that her sharp tongue and teenage rebellion had become a safety net, a costume.

Just when she reached her breaking point, the simple strums of Belle and Sebastian's classic track Expectations danced around the theatre speakers. She just wanted to escape and be anyone else...
Monday morning wake up knowing that youve got to go to school
Tell your mum what to expect, she says its right out of the blue
Do you went to work in debenhams, because thats what they expect
Start in lingerie, and doris is your supervisor

And the head said that you always were a queer one from the start
For careers you say you went to be remembered for your art
Your obsessions get you known throughout the school for being strange
Making life-size models of the velvet underground in clay

The song fits the emotion of the scene perfectly; her frustration at who she was, her situation and constantly being challenged for being different. I'm not sure if the scene was written around the song, but it worked perfectly.
MP3:: Expectations - live

*:: For all our Halifax readers, while Ellen Page comes from our great city, this film is not about QEH basketball legend Juno Johnson. So Turner, save your 10 bucks.

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