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Soundtrack review: Knight and day (John Powell – 2008)

Composer of the month John Powell month

Soundtrack review: Knight and day (John Powell – 2008)



“Knight and day” is a spy action comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. It seems like an easy and fun movie to watch, with beautiful filming locations. John Powel month continues with this one, and I remember that this was a rare case of instant connection with a comedy score when I first heard it in 2010. Let’s see if those feelings hold…

…I think they hold well…I am enjoying myself like crazy listening to “Trouble on I-93” and I remember why I liked this score the first time around. This cue is adventurous, entertaining, alert, and I imagine myself doing all sorts of crazy secret agent stuff when I hear it. Give it a listen; it will put you in a great mood.

Even when the cues are not as excellent as that one, they’re still fun and unpretentious. This score is refreshing and enjoyable like a fruit cocktail on a hot summer day. Don’t expect it to blow you mind or move you in any way. Just enjoy it while you’re doing something else. There are Latin themed guitar cues, electronic pieces, exaggerated melodies, there’s a little for everyone. It is like a miniature James Bond score, more childish and fun. Each cue just gets something extra to rise if above generic, be it a short tango, a sudden action boost or a waltz background when the action happens in Austria. Some tracks, like “Rooftops” for example, have a prelude, the action sequence and the romance at the end.

“Knight and day” will not, of course, end up in the top 10 this month, but I’ll surely remember its taste of fiesta.

Cue rating: 67  / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 12 /55

Album excellence: 26%


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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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