CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

Wishin' and Hopin'

By Charlie Brigden wishinandhopin

Title: Wishin' and Hopin'

Composer: Matthew Llewellyn

The Film: Chevy Chase looks back to when he was a kid growing up in a small Connecticut town in the sixties. Molly Ringwald is his teacher and boy, am I jealous.

The Score: Matthew Llewellyn's score is delightful. Built around a versatile and buoyant motif, it has a touch of the English at times, and at points sounds almost Hobbit-ish (it's the woodwinds). But there's an solid emotional core and a sense of dark humour that pulls it back when it threatens to get too saccharine.

Distinguishing Features: Llewellyn's command of the orchestra and its palette is something immediately noticeable and commendable. The score has a wonderfully pleasant sound, but whle being light and fluffy can't really be dismissed as some would attempt to.

Final Thoughts: Wishin' and Hopin' is a lovely score and Matthew Llewellyn is clearly going places. He has a fine sense of colour and thematics, and I imagine his music probably elevates the material. One to watch.

Wishin' and Hopin' is out now from MovieScoreMedia

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