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Soundtrack review: Wah wah (Patrick Doyle, 2005)

Composer of the month Patrick Doyle month

Soundtrack review: Wah wah (Patrick Doyle, 2005)


“Wah-wah” is a semi autobiographical movie written by actor Richard E. Grant about his childhood in Swaziland. I could say that this is a generic Patrick Doyle score, but it would be unfair. Even if I did call it that, a generic Patrick Doyle orchestral score is in any case a very pleasant listening experience, because it means we get lush orchestral pieces, warm and gentle tones that can rarely pass unnoticed. It’s an enjoyable listen for a Sunday afternoon, right after you had lunch. It doesn’t have any sudden bursts of emotion and it only changes pace for “Goodbye Swaziland” and “Ngatsi Ngisahamba”, when we get an African traditional piece at the end. After that, it’s back to the usual sound:  romantic most of the time and sad when it needs to.

It might seem like a low key ending to this wonderful month of Patrick Doyle reviews, but it works as an end credits tune for October… we’re already drawing our conclusions, sharing our experiences and impressions about Patrick Doyle’s music, so we don’t need something terribly imposing to see us off. It is a score that will be forgotten soon, but it played its part. And, as usual, Patrick Doyle leaves us with a great closing…”Wah-wah” the cue is a beautiful and simple piano improvisation that draws the curtain over Patrick Doyle month. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

Cue rating: 61 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 2/35

Album excellence: 6%



Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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