Soundtrack Review: The Adderall Diaries

Soundtrack Review: The Adderall Diaries

The Adderall Diaries Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Adderall Diaries by Michael Peter Andrews.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 84.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 22.8
Album Excellence: 58.5%

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The Adderall Diaries is a 2015 American thriller film directed by Pamela Romanowsky and starring Amber Heard, James Franco & Christian Slater. As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott’s cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant’s friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser’s wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas. The score is composed by Michael Peter Andrews.

The score opens with ‘Opener’, a dreamy atmospheric opener, very minimalistic and quite calming I have to say. It doesn’t really say anything about the film, but I like the way it feels. Great for setting up the mood. ‘Where Is Nina?’ is more dreamy ambient music and I’m really enjoying it. Very calming, good for the soul. I’m quite happy just listening to this all score long, but I have to admit it will become monotonous after a while. The first four cues are like one long one, they sound almost exactly the same. Only with ‘Crime Scene’ we get something else. There’s a synth rhythmic pattern here, but it actually goes the way of atmosphere as well.

I wanted something different and I truly got it in ‘Writers Block Montage’. Yes it’s a montage and it’s weird as well. The percussion alone sounds like a tiny pencil ticking away in irregularity on some plastic table. Then you have the overlying music which is definitely James Franco on drugs, has to be. I can just imagine the scene where he bangs his head against the typewriter and the wall and the chair and himself, quickly skipping the scene where he has a line of fine cocaine. Yeah, weird stuff. The score takes a weird turn from there, ok not as weird as that, but still. ‘Stephen Confronts Neil’ and ‘Argument Flashback’ is rather peculiar. Why oh why did I want different. Bring me back to calm and dreamy. Sadly it’s all the way to crazy town and then some. Wow, this is like two different scores, one excellent and one extremely annoying. The excellent parts win in the end though, and that’s why you should check this one out.

1. Opener
2. Where Is Nina?
3. Motorcycle Ride
4. Good Times Flashback
5. Crime Scene
7. Lana Confession
10. Fingernails S&M
19. Heartattack
20. VHS Tape
21. Stephen’s Epiphany
22. Driving Away

GD Star Rating


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