I rarely pay much active attention to movie scores when I’m watching film. The music is there, it helps provide the mood and atmosphere, but it doesn’t really register in my brain much more than that. The amount of movie soundtracks I’ve bought can be counted on the fingers of one hand, as I rarely remember the tunes enough to make me want to revisit them. However, there are of course some films where the music is deliberately brought to the forefront. That’s when I really pay attention to it. Like in musicals.
As luck would have it, the Challenge doesn’t say “Favorite original movie soundtrack”. This allows me to make the fairly easy choice of saying Chicago, Rob Marshall’s Oscars-winning 2002 adaptation of the stage musical. Time and time again, the soundtrack pulls me back in. Lots of catchy songs, funny songs, sexy songs, all performed wonderfully by the film’s cast. Razzle Dazzle, Cell Block Tango, Mister Cellophane, When You’re Good to Mama, We Both Reached for the Gun… and all that jazz.