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Super Soundtrack: ‘Belfast’ (dir. Kenneth Branagh)

Belfast has quickly become one of the most widely discussed films in terms of Oscars buzz, and rightfully so. One aspect of the film that is a particular standout, and it’s pretty hard not to notice, is the music.

Belfast has quickly become one of the most widely discussed films in terms of Oscars buzz, and rightfully so. (Read my review of the movie here to hear what I thought about it.) One aspect of the film that is a particular standout, and it’s pretty hard not to notice, is the music.

With contributions from Van Morrison, the Belfast soundtrack features several of his songs. But Jamie Dornan also shows off his singing chops (yet again) in this movie. Let’s see which tracks pop up in the movie…

“Down to Joy” by Van Morrison

The original song that plays at the start of the film

“Caledonia Swing” by Van Morrison

Heard while the street of people are dancing and enjoying themselves

“Bright Side of the Road” by Van Morrison

Heard while Buddy, played by Jude Hill, is trying to get the attention of Catherine, played by Olive Tennant, from outside her window

“Warm Love” by Van Morrison

Heard playing in the background

“Jackie Wilson Said” by Van Morrison

When Buddy, played by Jude Hill, gets his new score and gets to change seats in the class

“How To Handle A Woman” by Richard Burton

Heard when Pa, played by Ciarán Hinds, sings the song to Granny, played by Judi Dench, while they dance together

“High Noon” by Tex Ritter

Heard playing on TV and also over a scene when a man is guarding the wall

“Days Like This” by Van Morrison

Heard while the family is playing games outside together

“Stranded” by Van Morrison

When Daddy is seen leaving on the bus to go to the airport

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” by Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes

Heard when the family goes to see the film at the picture house

“Carrickfergus” by Van Morrison & The Chieftains

Heard when Buddy, played by Jude Hill, waved goodbye to his Daddy, played by Jamie Dornan, from the window before a jump to three months later

“High Noon” by Tex Ritter

You might remember this one from earlier, but it is heard during an intense standoff scene

“Everlasting Love” performed by Jamie Dornan

Heard when Jamie Dorman’s character sings the song to his wife, played by Caitriona Balfe, and they dance together to it in the background. It is honestly one of the greatest moments of the entire film, and is an extremely light-hearted moment after some pretty intense moments and serious scenes. 

“And the Healing Has Begun” by Van Morrison

Heard playing over the end credits

Belfast is now playing in theaters.

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