Soundtrack Review: Paris Can Wait

Soundtrack Review: Paris Can Wait

Paris Can Wait Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Paris Can Wait by Laura Karpman.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 95
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 29.1
Album Excellence: 67.7%

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Paris Can Wait is a 2016 American-British comedy film directed by Eleanor Coppola and starring Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin & Arnaud Viard. Anne (Diane Lane) is in Cannes with her husband Michael, a prominent movie producer. As the festival ends she learns that the vacation she and her husband were supposed to go on in Paris will be slightly delayed as they need to go to Budapest first. However Anne has an ear infection and the pilot suggests she not fly. Michael’s producing partner Jacques offers to drive Anne to Paris himself. What is supposed to be a short car ride quickly devolves into a pleasant leisurely trip as Jacques, a french foodie, can’t resist taking any opportunity he can to stop every hour or so to sample new food. He is also openly flirtatious with Anne but she begins to question his intentions when he repeatedly uses her credit card to foot the bill for the gourmet meals they are sampling. The score is composed by Laura Karpman.

It seems like ages since I’ve heard something from Karpman. I want to say Taken, but I’m sure I’ve heard something newer than that. It has been so long that I don’t immediately remember her style of music, but it’s nice to get reacquainted. It does seem like a light romantic comedy, and it’s set in France, so a few ideas come to mind. The score opens with the title cue ‘Paris Can Wait’, and it does scream French and a whole lot of weirdness. The French feeling comes with the accordion which is the typical instrument used in French settings, but then you have a bunch of interesting sound effect including some humming and singing plus some vinyl sounds as well. Strange but somewhat appealing.

The light comedy comes into play with ‘La Croisette’, but I have to say I enjoy the sound. It is a bit experimental and jazzy, still with the vinyl sound, but there’s more. It sounds almost like a 60s comedy with a flute that gives me a nostalgic vibe and the percussion is perfect for it. Now this is lovely. It turns out that he title cue might be the weirdest piece of music on this score as the lovely classic sounds of summer burst out of the speakers. If you have enjoyed film for many decades, particularly scores, you’ll immediately get nostalgic with this score. It is airy and nice, a wonderful warm score to enjoy summer with whether you are in Paris or somewhere else. This score put a smile on my face and at the end of the day, that’s what matters.

1. Paris Can Wait
2. La Croisette
3. Lunch In Provence
4. On The Road
5. Lavender In Bloom
8. Left Behind
10. A Bit Of Romance With Dessert
12. A Picnic
13. Escargot
14. Textile Wonder
16. Passing Notes
19. The End Of The Road
20. First Kiss
21. Roses
22. And Chocolate

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Paris Can Wait, 6.5 out of 10 based on 4 ratings


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