Miles Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Miles by Justin Bell & Jonathan Levi Shanes.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 75.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 4.2
Album Excellence: 11.5%
Miles is a 2016 American drama comedy film directed by Nathan Adloff and starring Missi Pyle, Stephen Root & Molly Shannon. Miles (newcomer Tim Boardman) is a high school senior who wants nothing more than to graduate, leave his rural town and move to the city to enrol in film school. Unfortunately, Miles’ father has squandered his college fund on his mistress. With no cash and staring a dead-end future right in the face, Miles searches desperately for a way out, coming across a volleyball scholarship program that exists between his high school and the well-regarded Loyola University in Chicago. The catch? The only volleyball team that exists at his school is a girls’ team. The score is composed by Justin Bell & Jonathan Levi Shanes.
So how does this work? Is it another Bosom Buddies plot where Miles have to turn into a girl to make it work or will he somehow be accepted as the only boy in the team? Either way, I smell some romance. If you put a guy in with a bunch of girls, there’s bound to be romantic complications along the way. I’m curious though. Is it the same Justin Bell who did composed Pillars Of Eternity? Perhaps, but that doesn’t really matter as this is an entirely new thing, comedy drama. Let’s see how it sounds. The score opens with ‘First Last Day’, a little bit quirky and uplifting opening cue that has a decent theme to it. My favorite part is probably the guitar and accordion finale, yep, an interesting mix of those. It’s a bit of a power rock thing. I like it.
There’s one thing I don’t like with this score though and it’s a deal breaker. Sometimes the score music turns into a rock song with actual singing. Please, split them up. Don’t muddle the score which does have some great moments when it’s just the score like ‘Funeral’, a heartfelt guitar, piano and string piece. Like you would expect, there’s a mix of comedy and drama, a dramedy if you will. On the rare occasion there’s a cringe-worthy all-out silly comedy like ‘Girls Team’. Just skip that and you’ll hopefully have a very happy and worthwhile experience with this score. This score won’t change your world view or existence in general, but I won’t dismiss it as just another drama comedy score. It has a few great moments and a few not so great moments, and to tell you the truth, there’s not a definite identity to the score that makes you go: "Aha, this must be from that movie Miles". Still, if you’re willing to go that extra mile(s), there might be something in here for you.
20. Miles’ Movie Music