My buddy Tim got married a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t at the wedding and I’ve never even met Tim in person. Yet we’ve connected through Twitter, this blog, and our love of film music. You really can connect with people online, even when you haven’t physically met. I was as happy for Tim as I would be for any of my close friends. Because that is what he is…a close friend. My happiness for his happiness prompted me to revisit one of my favorite film scores from 2009, UP.
In the film, music plays a major role, as it does in many animated films. But UP is special and so is Michael Giacchino‘s Oscar-winning score.
At the beginning of the film, a 4-minute silent montage follows the married life of young balloon salesman Carl (Ed Asner) and his childhood friend (now wife) Ellie. In four minutes, the film traverses decades in the life of this couple, from newlyweds through the trials and tribulations, happiness and heartache of their life together.
The waltz that dances through this touching love story changes orchestrations with the time periods yet firmly grounds us in the bond between these two characters. All that needs to be “said” is conveyed through the images and Giacchino’s music, without a word of dialogue. Few films would be brave enough to allow silence for that stretch of time, with only the visuals and music to guide the emotions and storytelling. But that’s part of what makes this film and this score so special.
I pray that Tim and his new bride skip over the heartaches that Carl and Ellie faced. Yet like Carl and Ellie, I hope their life together is filled with adventure, cherished memories, and their own memorable film score to accompany it.