'Best' Soundtrack is a term that is thrown around a lot during the Oscars and film award shows. But what makes a soundtrack great?
In 2011 Nicolas Winding Refn released a film called Drive with Ryan Gosling playing the main character. The film itself is sparse in dialogue and character development is conveyed largely through non verbal cues, cinematography and the soundtrack. Which is why without a soundtrack or sound design the film would have fallen flat; with audiences having difficulty connecting with Ryan Gosling as a character. He is unemotional and while on the whole his actions are caring he seems to err more on the side of a charming psychopath rather than a man that loves a woman from afar and that makes him seem unrelatable.
Instead what makes this such a good film is it's soundtrack. Between the blaring noises and car chase scene is an well paced soundtrack injecting emotion where it seems to be lacking and helping you identify with Ryan Gosling's character without forcing him to blurt it all out in a long drawn out dialogue scene. It helps enhance the many layers that the Driver seems to lack on the surface and brings them out through our other senses and that is what makes a good film and an incredible soundtrack.