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Silver Linings Playbook
  • Composed by Danny Elfman
  • Sony Classical / 2012 / 20:27

The unusual Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as a pair of mentally ill people who fall in love, aided as these people so often are by Robert de Niro.  As usual in films like this, the soundtrack is dominated by songs, the score reduced to finding its way around them and making sure it doesn’t get in the way.  What’s surprising is that said score is by Danny Elfman, who you’d think would be beyond this sort of thing by now, but perhaps he fancied a bit of easy cash.  The short score album (available as a download from Sony Classical) starts promisingly, with the engaging “Silver Lining Titles” a piece of nice, if fluffy, instrumental 60s-style pop, enlivened by some trademark silly vocals.

It’s rather downhill from there, with the remainder of the score getting ever fluffier and moving away from that distinctive 60s sound established in the opening cue into standard guitar-and-piano romantic comedy music which could, frankly, have been written by anyone.  Some of the tunes really do sound like they could be instrumental bridges from popular songs, but they’re never that memorable in and of themselves.  The main body of the underscore could be represented perfectly well by the single track “Happy Ending”, a shade under four minutes and a shade under a dollar from iTunes.  It’s all pleasant, it’s all completely inoffensive, but also so inconsequential.

Rating: ** |

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