Monday, 6 October 2014

Movie Music Moment: X-Men Days of Future Past

So I've already done one of these posts featuring the song "Trapped by a Thing Called Love" which is used in a beautiful scene from Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), so I thought I would follow it up with a scene from another pretty recent movie: X-Men Days of Future Past.

I love me some comic book/superhero movie adaptions, and in my opinion, Days of Future Past, together with Captain America: Winter Soldier, was the best release of the genre in 2014.
The scene in question features the character Quicksilver, who was portrayed as such an incredibly charming young master of chaos that it really makes me wonder how the Avengers version of Quicksilver that is going to be in the next big Marvel movie (Age of Ultron) will compare to the X-Men version ... but I'm getting ahead of myself.

In the scene below, Quicksilver helps to break out Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto out of prison (or, uhm, the Pentagon) and uses his mutant power (which is basically super speed) to get them out of a - let's call it 'difficult' - situation and wreak some havoc while he's at it:

The brilliant use of Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" makes this scene very memorable: the juxtaposition of Quicksilver's super speed as opposed to the slow pace and melancholic feel of the song work perfectly together.

After watching the movie in the cinema, I immediately looked up the song when I got home- I think that's always a good indicator for music that's used perfectly in film! And it's also one of those tunes that stay in your mind for the rest of the day ...

"But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you wanna do 
Once you find them ..."

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