Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Great Debate – Wayne’s World vs. Back to the Future


Welcome to the Great Debate, a new feature that asks you to argue for or against one of two opposing film-related elements.  You will make your case for why you think one element is better than the other.  Let the debate begin!

Best use of a song in a film

Bohemian Rhapsody – Wayne’s World

When “Bohemian Rhapsody” blasted from the speakers of Garth’s “Mirth Mobile” in Wayne’s World, it introduced a whole new generation to the music of Queen. Some movies are just made for fun and Wayne’s World is definitely one of those movies.  It’s made up of a series of funny moments and conversations and no scene is as memorable or as funny as the one where Wayne and Garth and their pals pop “Bohemian Rhapsody” into the car deck and head-band like crazy. 

Johnny B. Goode – Back to the Future

 “Chuck! Chuck, it's Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry. You know that new sound you're looking for? Well, listen to this!”  When Marty McFly hit the stage at his parents high school dance in 1955, he treated the student body to a musical sound they had never heard before – Rock and Roll.  Marty writhes across the stage.  He plays the guitar behind his head and knocks over an amp. He riffs so hard that he stuns Marvin Berry and the Starlighters and everyone at the dance who stare at him with shock and awe after he strums the final chord.  “I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet,” Marty says.  “But your kids are going to love it.”
 
My argument is for Back to the Future: This match-up was a tough one for me because the “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene in Wayne’s World is one of those completely unexpected scenes that, thanks to the use of the right song at the right time, turned a simple and silly scene into a memorable and engaging one.  “Bohemian Rhapsody” has, for me, become synonymous with Wayne’s World.  You know you’ve created a great cinematic moment when hearing the song instantly brings the film to mind.  I can say the same thing about the use of “Johnny B. Goode” in Back to the Future.  This scene is perhaps even more memorable and engaging because the scene is just one wonderful moment in a series of moments in a movie franchise that has become one of the best of all time.  The implication that Marty McFly’s performance of “Johnny B. Goode” influenced the musical sound of Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry is clever and amusing, and Marty McFly’s charisma and humour are displayed perfectly.  In my mind, Marty McFly is one of the all-time best characters in film and the “Johnny B. Goode” scene is just one example of why his character is so beloved and so unforgettable.

14 comments:

  1. Back To The Future wins, because well its Back To The Future! These days I don't think the memory of that one scene in Wayne's World would convince me to sit through it, but I would watch Back To The Future just to see Marty crawl across the stage on his back!

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    1. I agree that 'Back to the Future' definitely has far greater re-watchability value. I will never grow tired of watching that film. 'Wayne's World' is still fun to watch, and I always look forward to the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' scene, but I give the edge to Marty crawling across the stage and wailing on the guitar too.

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  2. When I read the title, I immediately it's not a contest. But when it comes to these songs it's very hard. I'll have to go with Wayne's World because if you'd ask me to name a song from both movies I wouldn't be able to name one for Back to the Future.

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    1. I suspected the match-up might have some people scratching their heads upon first glance.

      I can certainly understand why you're voting for 'Wayne's World' here. I think what most people remember first and foremost about the film is the scene in the car when they head-band to 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

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  3. Oh this is tough. I love both of those scenes. Both songs as well. I think Back to the Future is the better film but Wayne's World had the better song and was able to get me banging my head.

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    1. 'Wayne's World' had me banging my head too, and it still does whenever I watch it.

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  4. Both scenes are great, but the Wayne's World moment is more of a music video. On the other hand, the Back of the Future scene fits perfectly within the story for me. It's close, but that would be my pick.

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    1. It is tough to choose. Your point about the scene fitting perfectly within the story in 'Back to the Future' is a great one and it's also why I ultimately gave the edge to 'Back to the Future.'

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  5. It's a fight to the death!

    There is no wrong answer here, but I personally prefer Bohmeian Rhapsody because everybody gets a part. Let me go! LET. ME. GO!

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    1. It's a stand-out scene for sure.

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  6. Tough call, but I'm with you. Johnny B. Goode is one of my favorite songs of all time, and Marty introduced me to it!

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    1. I think Marty introduced it to me too - at least, that's the first time I recall hearing it.

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  7. Gotta go with Back to the Future, only because it's such a cherished movie for me.

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    1. Can't argue with that!

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