Starting off, what makes this film feel unique is its’ ability to throw the viewer into this film and make it feel like aliens have always existed. This first film is really just laying the groundwork for what is to come. As noted in prior synopsis, in this film is where we are introduced to Agents J and K, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. I would classify this film as a sci-fi/action film because it does have fight scenes, as well as futuristic elements to it. In order to achieve this feel, the music was composed by Danny Elfman, whom does a very fitting job in this film. We are first introduced to the main theme in the establishing sequence of this film, where we see a CGI bug fly into frame which cues the MIB theme. This is very effective because it’s some type of bug that is clearly not familiar to humans, so we get this very catchy, and somewhat mysterious theme for the Men in Black. The music for this film is really what makes it unique, in my opinion. After doing some research I found that if you were to buy the soundtrack for this film, there are only two tracks actually written by Danny Elfman himself, the rest are all popular music of 1997. After writing the Screening report, ...
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... near the scene of the alien and we get a tiny taste of the MIB theme since it is an MIB cleanup crew. Mashing this all together, this creates a perfect atmosphere that the rest of the films are presented in.
In conclusion, Men in Black is a great example of how to properly articulate a soundtrack to create a unique style that allows for flawless soundtrack element integration, and augmentation of this new reality where aliens exist. Overall Danny Elfman really brought the unique style that this film needed. The music needed to be something that we hadn’t heard before, and also needed to be somewhat futuristic and out there. If you listen to the MIB theme closely you hear a lot of electronic synths and filtered bass to make it sound like its from the future. The best part about this film is that I can listen to the MIB theme and get thrown right back into the film.
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