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Soundtrack review: Serendipity (Alan Silvestri – 2003)

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Soundtrack review: Serendipity (Alan Silvestri – 2003)

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“Serendipity” is in my top five favorite romantic comedies. I instantly connected with it and watched the movie countless times. The fun subject, the chemistry between John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale and the wonderful warmth of the movie made me watch it over and over again. I watched it so many times that everything from the dialogue to the music stuck in my head and I can instantly identify and connect them.

Alan Silvestri’s score didn’t even get a release. It doesn’t matter. If I hadn’t found the bootleg, I would have started creating the score myself from scrap notes. I am so familiar with the simple and jazzy cues and with the dreamy mood of the score that I recognize those sounds as if they were the familiar voice of a close friend. Oh I know where that comes from…Of course I know where “Fast forward” appears in the movie, I see how time passes between the time when our two heroes meet and the time the story takes place…I can see how Kate is dressed and how John is acting. I know where “Aiport explanation” fits and “Near miss” sounds as natural to me as a song I’ve heard hundreds of times. It’s like my favorite running cap. I put it on and it just fits, it’s taken the shape of my head by now. I remember John Cusack’s fictional “Obituary” from the movie and how the weather was when he was reciting it…it was a windy autumn day in New York.

Normally, I probably wouldn’t pay attention to any of these simple little tracks. But my sentimental connection with the movie turns them into gold and I realize how beautiful and cheery they are, how warm and close to my heart they really feel. A simple little film latched itself to me and brought with it a few short and happy little tracks…I won’t forget either of them.  Do you have some favorite show or TV jingles that you instantly recognize, remember and love? The “Serendipity” score is like that for me.

Cue rating: 77 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 12 / 24

Album excellence: 50%

 

Highlights:

Fast Forward

New Age Source

Airport Explanation

Rediscovered Flyer

Obituary

 

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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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4 Comments

  1. Marie 22nd February 2018

    Hi there Mihnea,

    I am assuming this is a very old blog post review, but I have a question and I thought I would ask you here. I feel the same way about the soundtrack and movie as you do, and also love the simple score tracks that bring such warmth and nostalgia. However, I have a question about a certain beautiful guitar refrain, that no one seems to ever address? It is the guitar song that plays as Jonathan is crawling on his hands and knees in San Francisco, and he sees Sara’s sister and her boyfriend kissing through the window. There is an absolutely beautiful guitar solo piece that comes on then, and lasts throughout the scene. Since you seem extremely familiar with this score, do you know what this song is, who wrote it, or where I can find it? You must agree that it is a beautiful part of the score- please let me know if you know, and thank you :).

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    1. Mihnea Manduteanu 23rd February 2018

      Hi and thank you for your words. I remember that scene and I think that piece might be “Black eyed dog” by Nick Drake. It’s available on Youtube and Spotify and all those other services for sure 🙂

  2. Marie 23rd February 2018

    Wow, thank you SO much Mihnea, you found it for me :)!! You don’t know how much I appreciate that!! Also, it’s so cool to find someone who loves that score as much as I do. Thank you thank you thank you so much, for your help and for your awesome article :)!

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    1. Mihnea Manduteanu 27th February 2018

      Glad I could help 🙂

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