Last Night Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Last Night by Clint Mansell.
“For a score that’s only 26 minutes, it has more impact on me than a lot of 45+ minute scores.”
Last Night is a romantic drama directed by Massy Tadjedjin and starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthingon and Eva Mendes. The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he’s attracted. While he’s resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love. The composer is Clint Mansell.
|1. First Movement||80|
|2. Pillow Talking||80|
|3. Streets of New York||100|
|4. Emotional Connections||80|
|5. Dangerous Territory||60|
|6. Physical Liaison||80|
|7. Final Movement (feat. “Not at Home”)||100|
A complicated love drama is what we have here and the music is being provided by Clint Mansell. What you’ll immediately enjoy are all the small themes within the score that is mostly piano work by Mansell. Just in the first cue ‘First Movement’ I can count 4 or maybe more themes. True, they don’t get a chance to mature and develop but it’s lovely to listen to as they go from one to the next. ‘First Movement’ feels a little frantic compared to the rest. The speed is a bit faster, but not less enjoyable. ‘Pillow Talking’ is slightly more laid back but not less interesting.
‘Streets of New York’ is the best cue of the score and it is because it has some interesting underscoring in addition to the piano and has an interesting theme to boot. The last part of the cue is the best for me as it gets a bit loud. The last three cues, specially ‘Emotional Connections’ and ‘Physical Liaison’ are more darker than the rest and particularly ‘Physical Liaison’ has some jarring synth work that goes well with the darker Cello at the end.
The last cue ‘Final Movement’ includes some vocals, but it’s mostly an instrumental track. I love the pacing of the cue and the theme itself. There’s definitely a lot of interesting things going on here and warrants a few more listens.
For a score that’s only 26 minutes, it has more impact on me than a lot of 45+ minute scores. It’s very emotional and I have no doubt it drives the film forward and it is heard well within the film itself. It’s another interesting score by Clint Mansell and I want to hear more of it.
GEEK SCORE: 82.8
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