ng her dogs and contrasts quite starkly with the scenes and music used when she is in the palace conducting business in the presence of government officials and palace personnel. In one particular scene, music is used as a tool in order to create symbolic and subliminal meaning very effectively, which offers insight into the Queen’s character. We see the Queen driving alone in her car through isolated countryside. As she drives, the music becomes fast paced and begins to get noticeably faster and louder. This suggests that something is about to happen, and it does when the Queen attempts to drive through a pool of water but gets stuck. The music very abruptly stops simultaneously with the stopping of the car engine. When she exits the car and is standing in the water, music is entirely absent and we are left with the sounds of running water, animal noises and all kinds of natural countryside sounds. As the Queen waits in silence, the sounds of nature vibrate and echo through the scene and promote a very soothing and relaxing atmosphere evident on the facial expression of the Queen. Contrasting dramatically with the hectic environment and loud busy noises within the palace scenes, this serves to offer an alternative environment within which to view the Queen – that of a mere human being who is in desperate need of relaxation and silence after such a distressing week of events. The Queen is entirely out of context here, and the noises reflect this very well. As she closes her eyes, takes off her head scarf and listens to the peacefulness of nature, she appears not as a monarch but as a vulnerable elderly woman, without fine jewels or clothing. It is in this moment of reflection that the Queen cries for the first time in the film. As a majestic stag appears behind...
It is an extremely common and fundamental tool and film device which is used almost universally in film to support a range of cinematic and storytelling elements. The use of music and song can help the audience make connections between image and sound; it can help to establish a mood; portray a location in time or place; further the narrative flow; to interpret the psychological states of characters and even to make connections between events and characters in the film. Music is also often used within film to elicit emotion or other reactions from the audience. The use of music in terms of style, form, time, context, tone, pace and emphasis is largely dependent upon the nature of the film such as the genre it falls under, what the message of the film is, what type of audience the film is attempting to appeal to, and the general style of the film.
In the films The Queen and the trilogy The Lord of the Rings, music is used in many ways to support various scenes and to add extra dimensions to characters, plot developments, settings and changes in tone. In The Queen music is used largely to depict character emotions and plot developments due to the genre of the film as a docudrama. In The Lord of the Rings, on the other hand, music is used in similar ways, but the contexts are very different as this film is set in an entirely imaginative and surreal world which is supported by the choice and use of music. Both films use mainly orchestral songs and scores and in The Lord of the Rings in particular, music adds much to the pacing of the film in scenes of high drama and action. The musical scores of each film and the way that they are used reflect the ways in which music is commonly used in film today and the fact that it is such an effective and multi-faceted tool.