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Soundtrack review: Unfinished business (Alex Wurman – 2015)

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Soundtrack review: Unfinished business (Alex Wurman – 2015)


“Unfinished business” is a comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco as three small business owners who travel to Berlin to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable way. Sounds like the kind of relaxing movie I might watch. I know composer Alex Wurman from his interesting score for “March of the Penguins”, a documentary I really enjoyed. I remember the music was quite good as well.

I need to get a little big adjusted to the music at first. It’s the type of sound I am not a big fan of but enjoyable enough to make me question my taste. The score starts out cool and jazzy and I can’t take my ears of it. The big band pieces are also funky and breezy and make me groove in my chair. The music is fresh and fun just as it should be for a comedy like this. Cool bass vibes, wandering electric guitar bits, light emotional pieces all come together in this one.

“Unfinished business” has the making of an “in the moment score” and I imagine it also works very well in the movie. The more I listen to it the more I get the feeling of a nice and simple summer day which you will enjoy and then forget about. It may leave a lingering memory of something that felt good but you won’t be able to put your finger on it.

I don’t quite get cues like “Flugeshalen”. It’s a bit silly and nonsensical. I get attached to “Teal tough” because it has that shadow that almost every comedy score gets at some point and I like to extract. It’s that light melancholy that works most of the time and it will end up as my favorite cue from this score. I liked the mood in it.

“Unfinished business” was clearly not for me but I kind of knew that from the beginning. Jazz is not my thing and I could only extract a few precious moments from the music. Fans of the genre will surely appreciate the sound of this one and Alex Wurman’s composition is a clear recommendation for them.

Cue rating:

Total minutes of excellence: 0 / 34

Album excellence: 0%


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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