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For cinema-goers though, 2019 has been the year of The Music film.
So What exactly is driving this resurgence in on-screen sing-alongs?Music Is being used 'as a character' Eliza and Javed: Born to Run
It's a typical coming-of-age tale of Growing Pains , culture clashes, and Breaking Free , however, Javed's journey is carried stylishly via The Vehicle of his newfound fave, Bruce Springsteen 's music.
The trick of tapping into our "unique relationship with music" is not exactly new, as fans of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino will tell you. But it is being employed in more and more creative manners, in Films Like Guardians of The Galaxy (Peter Quill's Awesome Mixtape) and shows Like Stranger Things (retro 80s-style synths) and
When adapting his book for the big screen, Manzoor made Springsteen tracks Like Dancing in The Dark and Other Songs from That era central to The Script from Day One to "navigate you through the story and fit particular emotional moments in the film".The YMCA routine needs a little work Still . .
"The First thing That really unlocked it was the Pet Shop Boys' It's a Sin. If you listen to the lyrics it's basically about someone who is not able to do what they want and That 's exactly what Javed is Like ! I thought, we've got to try and start the film with it because it would first get everyone into 1987 and also tell them what the theme of the film is. "
The protagonist, based loosely on the writer's younger self (minus the love interest, he confesses) ultimately Heads Off to Manchester to study and Manzoor says it would be fun to follow him with a 1989-based sequel.
If he does, expect less Bruce and more baggy/rave bangers driving the plot.'Music Is The Number one trigger for nostalgia' Queen's performance at Live Aid in 1985 provides the peg for the Bo-Rap movie
Aah nostalgia eh? It's not what it was. .
According to the boffins at Spotify we make The Most enduring emotional connections to the songs we enjoyed in our mid-late teenage years. Therefore, the feel-good-factor created by hearing old songs we love, in movies Like Rocketman, Yesterday and Bohemian Rhapsody , help us to momentarily Turn Back time.
Nowadays these tracks, along with those from A Star is Born and Mamma Mia! are all easily available online, meaning there's now "a ready-made audience for music-driven movies. "
"The trend towards music-driven movies can be considered part of a wider trend of nostalgia and we know from Our Own research That Music Is The Number one trigger for nostalgia," says Spotify's head of music for UK and Ireland, Sulinna Ong.
"Being able to tap into That via the big screen has huge appeal for creators, filmmakers, artists and fans alike. "
She notes you don't have to have been one of the lucky ones at Live Aid in 1985 to enjoy the sense of nostalgia you get from listening to the soundtrack for Bohemian Rhapsody . "If you grew up listening to The Band , it brought it all back. "Hands Up if you were there at Wembley Stadium (L-R) Ed Sheeran , Lily James and Himesh Patel from Yesterday, Rami Malek with His Best actor Oscar trophy for Bohemian Rhapdosy, and Rocketman star Taron Egerton alongside director Dexter Fletcher
The streaming giants employ "throwback" features to try to extract this emotional gold too and while it allows easy nostalgic listening for older listeners, their figures suggest younger listeners are incredibly interested in discovering iconic artists too.
Since the of the Oscar-decorated Bo-Rap, streams of Queen songs surged by 33% and 70% of those listeners were under 35.
"Queen are more popular than ever, not just among Baby Boomers and Gen' Xers, but with millennials," adds Ong.
Other popular musicians including Celine Dion and the Creation Records mob are set to get the biopic treatment next year, so don't be surprised When a host of re-issued albums and tour announcements soon follow.People crave 'escapism' during uncertain times Judy Garland : Swing When you're not winning
According to the, the musical film enjoyed two early "golden eras": First In The 1930S , With Us productions Like 42Nd Street , as The Great Depression took hold, and Then Again with the MGM Films - Like Singin' in The Rain - during and directly after the Second World War .
"Both times you're dealing with society under stress, wanting to escape their woes and troubles," says Baker, who pinpoints the success of La La Land and The Greatest Showman as heralding in the New Wave .Emma Stone ) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling ) hot-step their Way Out of reality and into La La Land, while Hugh Jackman is The Greatest Showman
Musicals and music Films , he concludes, also allow us to come together and confront harsh truths, through a fantastical prism.
A world in which The Beatles don't exist, but there's a big singing cat with Beyonce's voice and where Renée Zellweger is a faded Broadway star named Judy, perhaps?