Tuesday, August 20, 2013

MOVIE MUSIC MOMENT: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE / KICK-ASS



"For a Few Dollars More" by Ennio Morricone
as seen and heard in
Kick-Ass (2010)

In honor of last weekend's release of Kick-Ass 2 I bring you one of the many magical Movie Music Moments from the first film, which I re-watched over the weekend in preparation for seeing the sequel. Writer/director Matthew Vaughn adapted the lesser-known Marvel comic to the big screen in 2010. Obvious as it is, one of the elements he was able to bring forth through this medium was a sound track, specifically a soundtrack. Tracks include samplings of the New York Dolls, Sparks and Elvis Presley, but one usage particularly caught my eye ear.

Seeking revenge against the baddies, especially the kingpin on the top floor, Hit Girl (played by the darling Chloë Grace Moretz) shows up outside the lobby in the guise of a lost school girl. An iconic whistle that could only come from an Ennio Morricone piece pierces the air, the tune itself seems to alert the guard of her existence outside the glass doors. The track is the theme from For a Few Dollars More, the middle film in Sergio Leone's Man With No Name trilogy (surrounded by A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). The ground floor guards are easily fooled by her story and cover. The song continues to whistle and introduces the unmatched springing of the Jew's harp in the process. The percussions follow. But it isn't until Hit Girl has unleashed a dose of violence against her adult adversaries (something she does repeatedly throughout the film) that the choir of shouting men are heard. It's as if Morricone recorded a chain gang working deep in a mountain mine. The banjo and the flute follow suite. It's use is like something out of a Tarantino movie as he is also known for taking tracks from those Spaghetti Westerns and giving them new life in action scenes. For my money it's just one more ballad for Hit Girl to dance to in a ballet of carnage.

Do you have a favorite Movie Music Moment from Kick-Ass? If so, please share in the comments below. There's plenty more to highlight in future editions. Until next time, keep watching and stay listening.

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