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Soundtrack review: Wishin’ and hopin’ (Matthew Llewelyn – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Wishin’ and hopin’ (Matthew Llewelyn – 2014)


‘Tis the season and this means it is a good period for thematic comedies. “Wishin’ and hoppin’” is one such comedy that tells a story set in New York in the 1960’. It’s a holiday movie based on a best seller. The composer is Matthew Llewelyn, who has been an important part of Brian Tyler’s team for a lot of his recent releases.

I have to admit that comedy isn’t my favourite genre of movie scores. I prefer the dramatic or action material. But I don’t have time to think about this because “Wishin’ and hoppin’” invites me out to play from the first cue and really puts me in a good mood. The score doesn’t pretend to be more than it is, and this is one place where I like to see short cues. The entire album is 30 minutes long and sounds like an unexpected play date. It won’t be the most memorable time you ever had, but you will enjoy it a lot while it happens. Matthew Llewelyn has sprinkled a few small dramatic moments as well and they work fine.

“Wishin’ and hoppin’” ends up as an enjoyable and sunny listen. There’s nothing exaggerated or pretentious about it, just a short feel good score that does just that: it makes you feel good.

Cue rating: 63 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 3 / 33

Album excellence: 8%


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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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