Posted by: Johnny Loftus on January 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Be Kind Rewind (Lakeshore, 2008)

Michel Gondry’s latest film is about two dudes who to reenact the movies in a video store when one of them accidentally erases all the VHS tapes. Wouldn’t it have been easier to just start selling those weird MySpace minisodes? In any event, the film’s soundtrack features the work of composer and pianist Jean-Michel Bernard, who also worked with Gondry on his underrated 2006 film Science of Sleep. Here, Bernard does some re-creating of his own, touring through a span of movie music that references different styles, eras, and sounds. Some of these tracks are whimsical, some of them traditional, some of them jazzy (“Robot Karate”), some of them arch and movie-style suspenseful (the awesomely-named “Magnetic Pee” — don’t worry, it makes sense in the film.)

The music of pianist, composer, and American songbook treasure Fats Waller also figures into Be Kind Rewind, and his work is reflected on the soundtrack in both original form (“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”) and with Bernard backing Mos Def on the mic, who does a pretty good job of mugging on the Waller classic “Your Feets Too Big.” (The original is also included.) You get a few other jams — Gondry gets his Blues Brothers moment when he joins the one and only Booker T. Jones, bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, and guitarist Steve Cropper on a run through “I Ain’t Got Nobody”; Gondry’s on drums — as well as a bit of old Jack Black, who reenacts Ray Parker, Jr. without any of the smooth. — Johnny Loftus

[tags]Be Kind Rewind, Michel Gondry, Mos Def, Jack Black, Booker T. Jones, Fats Waller, Steve Cropper, Science of Sleep[/tags]


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