Song of the Day #3,115: ‘Nobody Knows’ – The Lumineers

petes_dragonAnother film checked off my 2016 to-see list. Pete’s Dragon came highly recommended by my nephew Daniel, who named it his favorite film of last year (though it might be battling Hidden Figures for the spot as of the last update).

It is indeed a worthy film. Daniel’s mother used the term “lovely” to describe it, which he took as an insult but I think is spot-on. It’s effectively touching and thrilling by turns and if it doesn’t climb into the upper echelon of classic family films, well, why should it have to?

Mostly, Pete’s Dragon further bolsters my confidence in the slate of live-action Disney remakes on tap for years to come. The technology is finally in place to tell these fantastical tales with human actors, and that could be a very good or very bad thing.

Based on Cinderella, The Jungle Book and this film, we’re in for some delightful cinematic experiences. Next up is Beauty and the Beast, which has a very promising trailer. In coming years we’ll get Mulan, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and more (including a reported Lion King remake helmed by Jungle Book director Jon Favreau).

Can we expect Moana in 2030?

Nobody knows how to say goodbye
It seems so easy ’til you try
Then the moments passed you by
Nobody knows how to say goodbye

Nobody knows how to get back home
And we set out so long ago
Searched the heavens and the Earth below
Nobody knows how to get back home

Through the darkness to the dawn
And when I looked back you were gone
Heard your voice leading me on
Through the darkness to the dawn

Love is deep as the road is long
It moves my feet to carry on
Beats my heart when you are gone
Love is deep as the road is long

Nobody knows how the story ends
Live the day, do what you can
This is only where it begins
Nobody knows how the story ends
Nobody knows how the story ends

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,115: ‘Nobody Knows’ – The Lumineers

  1. Dana says:

    I must confess that I haven’t seen this film yet, which is some form of sacrilege with my son I’m sure. I will say that this song is quite “lovely.” Is it original to the movie? If so, it might deserve a nomination for best song, although it is a very crowded field this year.

  2. Clay says:

    I believe it was written for the movie. Between Moana, Sing Street and La La Land, you could fill out the nominee list twice. Throw in Timberlake’s hit song from Trolls, Shakira in Zootopia and this one… definitely a competitive year.

  3. Madison says:

    Love this movie and soundtrack so much. Daniel tends to get all the credit recently because of his ranking (:p), but we’ve both been singing this movie’s praises since we first came out of the theater wiping the tears from our eyes. I know it’s a special movie that hit home for us. Definitely looking forward to what Disney has coming in the future 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    I’ll tell you one thing… I feel more for the film when I listen to this song now than I did when first viewing it. I chalk that up to a few things – 1) unrealistically high expectations set by family members :), 2) a less than ideal viewing experience (with a whining child behind me), but, especially, 3) how poignant and, yes, lovely, this song is. I can’t think of many occasions when a song written for a film caused me a greater appreciation of the film (usually it works the other way around, where I have a greater appreciation for the song because of my love for the film). It truly was a great year for songs in films.

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