Josh and Benny Safdie's Uncut Gems has become one of the best-reviewed movies of 2019, on account of its unrelenting suspense and a surprising dramatic turn from star, Adam Sandler. The musical score by experimental composer Daniel Lopatin (also known by the stage name Oneohtrix Point Never), who also scored the Safdie brothers' previous film Good Time, has also been attracting praise. It's a fitting score, but in one key scene, it's not a particularly original one.

Take a listen to the track "Windows," which plays during a key scene in Uncut Gems (without spoilers, it's the one that starts with Sandler's Howie Ratner discussing the value of the film's titular gems with Kevin Garnett in his office):

Now listen to "Kaneda" from the iconic opening of the 1988 anime film Akira, composed by Shoji Yamashiro and performed by the artists collective, Geinoh Yamashirogumi:

They sound awfully similar, don't they? The vocal parts are different, but the backing music and percussion is practically identical. It's so similar that some critics writing about the Uncut Gems score were actually fooled into thinking that "Windows" was "Kaneda's Theme."

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Daniel Lopatin, for his part, has been forthcoming about the influence of Akira and Geinoh Yamashirogumi on his work. This isn't like Disney denying the obvious influence of Kimba, The White Lion on The Lion King. In 2014, he performed a live score for the anime short film, Magnetic Rose, produced by Akira creator, Katsuhiro Otomo. When asked on Twitter whether "Windows" in particular was inspired by "Kaneda's Theme," he replied, "Totally, it’s our love note to Kaneda building off the major key marimba vibe and then goes all wacky from there!"

What is the line, however, between taking inspiration from and flat-out ripping off another piece of music? It's a complicated issue, one that's been the subject of many controversies regarding popular hits that went a bit too direct in their homage. Many have had to settle with the composers being ripped off.

Whether or not "Windows" crosses the line is up for debate, but it certainly sounds a bit too close to the line for comfort. It's a great piece of film score, borrowing heavily from another piece of film score, that fits its scene in Uncut Gems perfectly. Still, one wonders if the movie owes Shoji Yamashiro and Geinoh Yamashirogumi some credits.

Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems stars Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel and Eric Bogosian. It is in theaters now.

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