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Soundtrack review: St. Vincent (Theodore Shapiro, 2014)

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Soundtrack review: St. Vincent (Theodore Shapiro, 2014)



When I saw the synopsis and trailer for Bill Murray’s “St Vincent”, I imagined how the score might sound. I imagined something quirky, bittersweet, and light. Theodore Shapiro wrote this score, and he did exactly what I expected him to do.

This score is very easy and feel good for most of its duration. It is actually so easy that it’s almost invisible. It’s what the movie asks for, I’m sure, but it’s definitely not enough for a satisfying standalone listening experience. Every cue seemed like the one before, with the exception of “Broken glass” which is a little more emotional than the rest of the cues.

But there was a reward for sitting through this score…Once the end got close the score slowly grew a heart and took me to a very nice place. The ending reminded me of one of the most wonderful gems of this year, “Wish I was here” by Rob Simonsen. That sweet place where you just lay on the grass near the one you love and just dream…”To the moon” and “Interviews” set the landscape, while the final cue of the score,  “St Vincent of Sheepshead Bay” put a huge smile on my face and played three or four times before I brought myself to stop it. It is one of the simplest and sweetest cues of the year, so honest and fulfilling; a wonderful conclusion to a score I didn’t think had it in it. The end made me forget all about the first 25 minutes of the score and pinned quite a fond memory of “St. Vincent” for me.

Cue rating: 64 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 10/36

Album excellence: 29%


To the moon


St. Vincent of Sheepshead Bay

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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