Wishin’ And Hopin’ Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Wishin’ And Hopin’ by Matthew Llewellyn.
At a glance:
33 minutes of score
Geek Score: 76
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 3.12
Album Excellence: 9%
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Wishin’ And Hopin’ is a 2014 drama directed by Colin Theys and starring Molly Ringwald, Chevy Chase and Annabella Sciorra. Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by award winning author Wally Lamb. A vivid slice of 1960s life, Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a wise-and-witty holiday tale that celebrates where we’ve been-and how far we’ve come. Molly Ringwald and Chevy Chase brings back so many memories. They were two of my absolute top 80s heroes and to have them play together in a 2014 film is impossible to resist. The composer is Matthew Llewellyn who I only know from a couple of horror scores so this will be quite interesting.
There is a nice blend of drama and comedy in this score, and personally I prefer it like that. If a comedy score gets to slapstick and too silly, I quickly lose interest. I definitely prefer comedies with a flair for the dramatic. There’s no mention of Christmas in the synopsis of the movie, but both the soundtrack cover and the title suggests some Christmassy scenes at least. Sometimes, I feel a great energy here like the first part of ‘The New Student’, but I don’t feel it enough. Also there’s great emotions in ‘Lincoln Log Life’ which I loved. The music is lacking some identity, but it’s nice enough as a comedy/drama Christmas score.
I liked the score, but I would have loved to feel more enthusiastic about it than I did. It mixes comedy and drama well, but only in parts does it excite me. I did enjoy the main theme and I think this is a score I’ll revisit at some point, perhaps next Christmas.
7. Lincoln Log Life
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