The eminently cinematic Jonsi of Sigur Ros and solo fame will score Cameron Crowe’s next movie, “We Bought a Zoo.”
Perhaps no line in any Cameron Crowe movie better summed up the director’s cinematic sensibility better than Russell in “Almost Famous,” about to launch himself from a roof into a pool, proclaiming, “I dig music.”
Cameron Crowe digs music. Even his earliest movies crackled with the movie magic of pairing a great scene with the perfect song. “Say Anything” will forever be synonymous with Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” and there’s also an unmatchable use of the Replacements’ “Within Your Reach” in the movie.
On “Vanilla Sky” Cameron Crowe introduced the world to Sigur Ros. After hearing the band perform live on the LA radio show “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” he hinged the pinnacle concluding scene on the emotional tonality of a sweeping epic from the album “Ágætis byrjun.” It’s not every day you hear music that’s truly new sounding, and with “Vanilla Sky” Crowe almost single-handedly launched Sigur Ros into the stratosphere in the US.
Now he’s announced that Jonsi, singer and visionary behind Sigur Ros, will score his new movie “We Bought a Zoo.” In the years since “Vanilla Sky” Jonsi has broken off on his own and released the excellent solo album “Go.” Crowe has directed one movie in the meantime—”Elizabethtown,” which was probably Crowe’s most lackluster, poorly-reviewed movie. Incidentally, I can’t recall a single song from the movie off the top of my head.
With “We Bought a Zoo,” it sounds like Crowe is set to return to greatness. It stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Elle Fanning, about a single father who moves his family to an animal sanctuary after his wife dies. And of course, it’s scored by Jonsi.
Announcing that Jonsi had created the score, Crowe recently said, “It was a music-filled [shoot]. Matt Damon is a big fan of all this music, so we played some of the music on his first day on set, and he said, ‘Keep it coming man, keep it coming.’”
As a copy clerk once told Jerry Maguire, “That’s how you become great, man—hang your balls out there.” We herald the return of Cameron Crowe, who digs music.
Below, check out a video from Jonsi’s “Go” to see why he may be the most cinema-ready musician, ever.