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Soundtrack review: Internet famous (Raney Shockne – 2016)

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“Internet famous” is a parody that follows the hilarious journey of five YouTube celebrities on their way to a nationally televised talent competition.  Meet Tomas Butterman and his “partner” Hank (Shane Dawson & Christian Delgrosso) known for parodies of popular music videos; Amber Day (Amanda Cerny) the YouTube “comedian” popular due to her voluptuous figure; Dale Hand (Steve Greene), a YouTube father who likes to stage elaborate pranks to scare his baby daughter, Lucy; Veronica Decker (Wendy McColm), a struggling actress famous for the viral video she would like to forget; Dennis Wasserman (Richard Ryan) a “filmmaker” known for videos starring his cat, Mr. Blankets.  Only one will be chosen as “Web Star of the Year” and go on to further fame and fortune.  The question is, do any of them have any actual talent? The score was written by Raney Shockne.

I usually have a hard time taking parody or comedic scores seriously; it’s just the way I am built. I listen to most of these scores before seeing the actual movie so I need to find a connection with the music itself in order to enjoy it. I need relate to what I’m listening to or make the effort to imagine the music in the context of the movie. For example the rock extravaganza of “Death from above (Mr. Blanket’s theme)” doesn’t mean much to me while the “Wobbly walk piano suite” touches a chord; a quite rolling piano theme like this will always find a home inside me.

There is no clear musical identity in the score because the story involves different internet stars coming together, each with his or her own flamboyance and gimmick. This is not a world I am attached to so cues like “Chris! Show theme” is not something I enjoy. A suspenseful spy piece like “Webstar of the year” brings the score into a more familiar territory for me.

The score is fun and amusing and for sure it would make much more sense in the context of the movie. The music is light and varied and brings moments of fun, suspense or club electronic. It’s got an alert pace going for it and it’s not that much of a stretch to recommend this one to fans of comedic spy scored. It wasn’t necessarily a score for me though.

Cue rating: 73 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 1 / 15

Album excellence: 9%

Highlights:

Wobbly walk piano suite

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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