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Soundtrack review: Destination wedding (William Ross – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: Destination wedding (William Ross – 2018)



“DESTINATION WEDDING” reunites two of Hollywood’s most adored stars, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. As the socially awkward Frank (Keanu) and Lindsay (Winona), the pair meets on their way to a mutual friends’ destination wedding in California wine country. They soon discover they have a lot in common: both hate the bride, the groom, the wedding, themselves, and most especially each other. While their snarkiness isolates Frank and Lindsay from the other guest, the weekend’s events conspire to repeatedly force the unlikely pair together. Frank and Lindsay find that if you verbally spar with someone long enough, anything can happen. When debate gives way to desire, they must decide which is stronger: their hearts or their common sense. William Ross wrote the score.

A rom com starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder…in 2018. Just the album cover gives me shivers. I know I’m supposed to write about the music here but come on, is there anything sweeter and most worthy of anticipation than this? For me both Winona and Keanu are royalty, actually they are the king and queen of the 90s, of my teenage years and I have had their movies by my side for years and years; I laughed at them, I suffered at them, I rejoiced in their stories and to have them once again together on my screen in 2018 is a most wonderful and nostalgic gift. OK, adoration rant over.

The score opens up with a funky bass tune instead of the light guitar or piano I was expecting, considering this is a romantic comedy; the jazzy tones, enriched by the piano and soft percussion joining in actually add to the 90s nostalgia and it doesn’t take even a couple of minutes from this score to make me nod my head over the rhythm of the music. Then I raise my eyebrows as the title cue of the score takes me close to the south of the border with delicious Mexican vibes. “Adjoining rooms” brings the delight factor even higher and I don’t need more from this score to enjoy it; it’s light and breezy and fun and I just have a smile on my face for the entire duration. I like the comfortable pace of the music, I like it that it’s not slapstick or silly, it’a more mature and contained and has a laid back feeling of melancholy that makes me wish I was on a vacation with my lover, playing around, dancing but not very seriously and just enjoying my time there.

I haven’t seen the movie but considering the main actors and their age, the music sets the perfect mood for their unknown story; it has the flow of a boat ride at sunset, nothing is rushed and nothing is exaggerated; there’s no drama in the music and I just love it. The guitar takes care of the constant feel of melancholy as the composer creates an atmosphere I don’t want to break by skipping or pausing cues.

“Destination wedding” is as charming as you would imagine a score that has Keanu and Winona on the cover should be. William Ross wrote a nugget of pleasantness and I invited you all to sample it.

Cue rating: 82 / 100

Adjoining Rooms
Arriving Home
Down the Aisle
Fun and Games
Arriving Home
Down the Aisle
Fun and Games

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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