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Soundtrack review: Mr. Right (Aaron Zigman – 2016)

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Soundtrack review: Mr. Right (Aaron Zigman – 2016)


“Mr. Right” is a 2015 American action-comedy romance film directed by Paco Cabezas from a screenplay by Max Landis. The film stars Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund, and RZA. A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him. Aaron Zigman wrote the score. He always knows how to turn up the sweeping romance and I was curious what he would do with a slightly lighter story.

I am completely charmed by the opening cue “Jesu joy”. It’s not just it’s light, feel good and infectious rhythm but also that it caresses me with nostalgia: this almost electronic sounding pop tune reminds me of the 90s of my teenage years when this sound was dominating and also of computer game music; I don’t even know which one is better but it doesn’t take more than a cue to put me in a dreamy state.

I am not always in the right mood to welcome and fully embrace a score like this as “Mr. Right” progresses I feel that no matter what state of mind I might have been in this composition would have managed to get to me and make me smile. Aaron Zigman didn’t complicate or exaggerate things: he just put some natural and honest feelings in notes and put together delightful melodies that are simply life; beautiful, everyday life where you fall in love and stumble and act silly with the one you love and then you get involved in action sequences because, as a hitman, you need to run from the people that used to employ you… Ok, it’s not everyone’s everyday life, but the romantic moments are so natural they mirror my own experiences and memories.

The composer tried to use only regular instruments without adding special effects or artificial sounds. There are times when the score feels jazzy with the electric guitar and soft percussion, especially when the music addresses the bad guys. The action cues are entertaining and just as light as the romance ones. I am, as usual, mostly drawn to the reflective piano and guitar moments. There’s a certain sound that Rob Simonsen excelled in during the past couple of years and I recognize it in here; it’s made of quiet and simple motifs that mirror one’s intimate thoughts and joys.

Amusing and melodic, with some moments that remind me that Aaron Zigman wrote “The notebook” and with those jazzy influences “Mr. Right” ends up as a very enjoyable listen, guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

Cue rating: 87 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 12 / 40

Album excellence: 31%


02 Jesu Joy

04 Work In Progress

06 The First Kiss

07 Stay The Night

11 The Sweeping Curretn

12 I’m Not A Bad Person

23 Martha Found

25 The T-Rex Roars

26 You Got Boring, Hopper

27 I Missed You

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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