I know I’ve talked before about watching movies specifically due to the actors/actresses in the film. Well, I also have movies that I watch specifically because of the music as well. Some of these movies are oldies like “The Wizard of Oz” or “Annie“. Then there is one that is much newer, called “Friday Night Lights“. Don’t get me wrong, the movie’s not bad. I actually really like the performances of Billy Bob Thornton and Connie Britton. He definitely plays this piercing sort of father/coach figure. Actually, the most surprising performance of the cast has to be Tim McGraw. Yes, that Tim McGraw. The wholesome country singer plays the father of a current football player. But he’s really damaged. He spends most of his time drunk and berating his son. It’s slightly disturbing seeing him be that bad, but he does it so well.
The actual football scenes are shot so well. When the action scenes are going there is an ambiance to them that you feel drawn into the plays. The boys do such a great job of telling their stories and their ambitions. It’s a very compelling story from start to finish. Unfortunately it’s a sad ending, but it does fit with the theme of the movie. I’ve never seen the tv show, so I have no idea if it is similar in any fashion.
On to the music. In many movies, the music is really just the background, getting you to the places in the story that the director wants you to be. Most of the time it’s tones or some unnamed melody. Or it could be like “The Graduate” and be full out composed songs. Well, I don’t know how, but the people who created “Friday Night Lights” found a quartet from Texas that play amazing music called Explosions in the Sky. Now this isn’t any old music, but this is an explosion of sound without any words. The sheer sound and and magnitude of their sound will literally suck you in. In a VERY good way. I saw them live a few years ago (they opened for The Flaming Lips), and I think they were even better than the main band. We were in an outdoor venue and to hear them with their sound and so many other people, it was a very moving experience.
I highly recommend the band. They have multiple albums out, and they are all excellent. But, I also recommend the movie. It was very moving and the music made it all that much better.
Rating: 9 out of 10