Friday, February 3, 2012

Random Song of the Week: Let Your Heart Decide - Celine Dion

Before you get up in arms about me posting a Celine Dion song (I'm not a huge fan, but I don't mind her as much as some people -- okay I don't like her big-eyed face, but that's it), let me point out that this song has geek roots. Let Your Heart Decide was written exclusively for the movie Asterix and the Vikings (2006), based on the french comic book. Asterix himself is a household name in Europe where his comic stories have been hugely popular since the 60’s. The character has starred in 8 animated movies and 3 live-action films (so far) with a fourth live-action movie Asterix and Obelix: On Her Majesty’s Service set for release later this year and a 3D animated feature Asterix: The Land of the Gods currently in production and slated for a 2014 release. I loved reading the English translations of Asterix in grade school and am happy to see the tale of unassuming Gauls holding off the Roman army with resourcefulness and a secret strength-giving formula to be as popular as ever in the 21st century. Asterix and the Vikings was a so-so movie, with the Romeo and Juliette-like characters stealing a lot of the story away from Asterix and Obelix – but the animation is terrific and it’s great seeing the characters brought to life on the screen. Let Your Heart Decide is only available on the Asterix and the Vikings soundtrack. The song makes this movie seem more epic and emotional than it really is and I find myself remembering it and listening to it often.


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