Wonder Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Wonder by Marcelo Zarvos.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 84.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 8.5
Album Excellence: 30.5%
Wonder is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky and starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. It is based on the 2012 children’s novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio. Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. The score is composed by Marcelo Zarvos.
Alright, napkins at the ready! This seems to be the kind of heartwarming inspirational film to open the floodgates and I’m really happy to hear that the critics and audience loves it thus giving it a nice boost at the box office. I have already the movie firmly playing in my head without seeing it, not because it’s predictable although it probably is, but because I want to see a movie like this and imagine the characters, story and of course the music. I think the score might just be powerful enough to make me cry even if I haven’t seen the film. The score opens with ‘Ordinary Kid’ which is already a bit heartbreaking so I don’t know if I can make it all the way through the score. It’s quite short though, under 30 minutes long so there’s that.
The score has a nice indie vibe to it. There are no themes that will revolutionize anything, but the score banks on the fact that you love easy to listen indie pop tracks and if you do, then this score will hit you right where it needs to be. The key for scores like this is the emotions. The music can’ just be quirky for the fun of it, there has to be something more. A motif or warmth that gives the emotional strength it needs to tug at my heart strings. That’s what I think anyway, and somehow this score has some of it, but I do feel that the music doesn’t always deliver on the fact that this is a very emotional and inspirational subject and film and that’s why I wish this score was so much more than it is. When it does deliver on that with cues like ‘Winter’, the score is so much better for it. Overall, I’m OK with how the score turned out, but I wish it moved me more than it did.
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