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Soundtrack review: The fault in our stars (Mike Mogis & Nathaniel Walcott – 2014)

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No matter your age, state of mind or moment in your life…please listen to this score. It’s the ray of light that will bring a smile on your face.

“The fault in our stars” is a movie based on a best-selling novel about two teenage cancer patients who fall in love. Mike Mogis wrote the score and he’s a composer I wasn’t familiar with until now. The subject of the movie is tragic, but since the story involves those two souls finding happiness and a fantasy to help them cope with this, the score is magic.

It so happens that I am listening to this score on a Sunday afternoon… which is the perfect time to listen to a score like this. The standard for me still is “Wish I was here” by Rob Simonsen and I have to admit that “The fault in our stars” comes pretty close.

This score is a gem. This kind of score, done right, can never fail… The wonderful simplicity of the guitar tunes… The childlike sadness of the haunting violin bits… The pure, untouched innocence of the sound… This music is a medicine for any soul that is hurt, it’s protection from any shadows… It’s the equivalent of covering you ears, when you’re a child, to stop hearing scary or troubling noises; it’s the secret fort you build for yourself in the middle of the living room, the place where nothing can touch you. A score like this is made to have in your pocket all the time like a good luck charm or Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak… You can take out this score and the sun will shine, a meadow will grow around you and butterflies will tickle you… How can anything bad happen when you’re listening to this?

I was troubled by some external factors when I put this score on. I was angry, upset and didn’t feel I could write or create something at that moment. But the 1 minute doses of magic that Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott’s music dripped on me healed me very fast. The cold claw that was gripping my heart loosened its touch and I was happy and inspired again.

No matter your age, state of mind or moment in your life, please listen to this score. It’s the ray of light that will bring a smile on your face.

Cue rating: 77 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 28 / 47

Album excellence: 59%

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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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