Movie: Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Composer: David Holmes
I said I’d share great film music, not music from great films. Nuance, my friends… It’s all about nuance. Ocean’s Thirteen is not the greatest film ever made, but it’s still enjoyable to watch. Even though you might not like this movie, you can’t deny the fact that they nailed some of its aspects. First off, the actors chemistry is great and the movie is very appealing from a visual standpoint. However, the technical aspect which resonated with me the most was the music.
You know that feeling whenever you hear James Bond’s theme and think “Yeah, that’s classy as fuck”? Well, my friend, if you’re looking for music in the same genre, David Holmes has got your back. Ocean’s Thirteen has some of the most classy music you’ll ever hear. There’s something very particular about this soundtrack… It might be the fantastic bass lines or even the subtle percussion beats, but one thing is for sure: this is great music. Also, don’t get me started on those insane guitar riffs…
Last week, I said that Jed Kurzel has a talent for creating atmospheric music, but I think that statement can be applied to mister Holmes too. His music is very present, but contributes immensely to the mindset the spectator has when he’s watching the movie. Simply put, this is the kind of music that makes you smile and want to dress in the most fashionable way before going out to a night of gambling and drinking expensive martini glasses.
It’s groovy and fun, and it’s definitely worth your time.
Interesting trivia: The line “You shook Sinatra’s hand” mentioned several times in the movie is a reference to Frank Sinatra who played Danny Ocean in the original Ocean’s 11 (1960).
Song: Not Their Fight
Song: Kensington Chump
Song: Snake Eyes
Thanks for reading (and listening). See you next week!