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Soundtrack review: Father of the bride (Alan Silvestri – 1995)

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There’s never a dull moment in “Father of the bride”.

“Father of the bride” is a remake of a 1950 movie. It stars Steve Martin and I remember really enjoying this comedy and its sequel. Alan Silvestri’s score is another very short one (under half an hour), but the cues didn’t need more time to actually make an impression.

The start of the score puts me in a really good mood. “Main title” and “Annie’s theme” are two beautiful cues which have depth and a lot of heart. I found myself smiling and nodding while listening to them. In fact, all the cues written for Annie are tender and special, I can feel the love and care that Steve Martin’s character has for his daughter. “Annie asleep”, “Annie at the mirror” are two of my favorite tracks from this score.

The score’s undertone is jazz. It’s the kind of jazz I like, fun and romantic jazz.  “Basketball kiss” has a big nostalgic value to me because it sent me back to the 80s and the usual romantic themes from the movies of that decade. As “Father of the bride” progresses, I am constantly surprised by the sensitivity of Alan Silverstri’s music… ”Snow scene” is another beautiful little melody that makes me dream of a winter night.

There’s never a dull moment in “Father of the bride”. Had the score been longer, it might not have worked as well as it did. But Alan Silvestri found the right balance between tenderness and action. When the score is over, I feel as if Christmas day just ended, with its wonderful agitation and joys.

Cue rating: 68 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 10 / 24

Album excellence: 40%

Highlights:

Main Title

Annie’s Theme

Annie’s Asleep

Basketball Kiss

Snow Scene

End Credits

About the author

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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