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Soundtrack review: Richie Rich (Alan Silvestri – 1993)

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At 30 minutes, this score doesn’t have time to get boring

“Richie Rich” was MacCaulay Culkin’s final movie as a child actor. I was curious about Alan Silvestri’s score, because I usually have a hard time enjoying happy light feel good scores like this one.

And what a beautiful welcome I get from Silvestri! “I have a son” is a magic cue, exciting and fun, joyful and full of life. Hearing it put me in a very good mood. My biggest worry when I listen to scores for movies like this one is that they might get generic and boring. And once I lose my patience with a score, it becomes very hard to enjoy. While I am expressing my worries, “Richie rich” simply blossoms in the background and makes me smile from time to time. It’s like Alan Silvestri is grabbing my hand telling me to stop worrying and start playing. This score is like that rubber ball pit they have for kids. You just dive in and play and jump and enjoy your time. I forget all about words like generic or boring and just have enormous fun listening to this one. It reminded me of the way I felt when I heard John Williams’ “Home alone” scores. “Richie Rich” is actually rich, shiny and good spoiled and just does everything it wants.

At 30 minutes, this score doesn’t have time to get boring. It’s fun and adventurous and I didn’t even feel how the time passed. I came into listening to “Richie rich” with almost no expectations, and ended up with a very enjoyable discovery.

Cue rating: 74 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 12/ 30

Album excellence: 40%

Highlights:

I Have a Son

Chief Executive Kid

Something’s Missing

Richest Kid in the World

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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