Definitely, Maybe

Composed By: Clint Mansell

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Definitely, Maybe is a romantic comedy featuring Ryan Reynolds as Will Hayes, a man in his thirties going through a divorce.  His ten-year-old daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin), wants to know everything about how her parents originally met and fell in love.  Will tells his daughter a story, changing names and facts in an attempt to keep the story clean for his young daughter.  The resulting story becomes somewhat of a love story / mystery which his daughter is determined to solve.  In doing so, she discovers that her father is in fact still in love with one of the characters in his story.  She encourages him to seek this woman out and tell her how he feels.

            The soundtrack of Definitely, Maybe is composed by Clint Mansell, former lead singer and guitarist of the British band Pop Will Eat Itself.  Since starting his career in musical score in 1996, Mansell has composed a number of movie soundtracks, including Requiem for a Dream, Sahara, Abandon, Smokin’ Aces and Fountain, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. 

            Using pianos, guitars and other string instruments, Mansell sets out to tell the story of love found, love lost and an unrequited love through the art of music.  The resulting musical score is a mix of jazz and pop that creates a decent for the romantic comedy of Definitely, Maybe.  Yet, as I sit here attempting to write this review, having listened to this soundtrack twice already, I find myself at a loss for words.  Perhaps the first track, Will Hayes for President, threw me off a bit - it sounded like a cacophony of madness – much like when orchestras check their instruments before a performance, before settling into a cohesive musical piece.  While most of the music on the soundtrack was enjoyable, it just simply didn’t stand out for me.  For the most part, this soundtrack is basically a repetition of the same theme over and over again with slight variations.

            The Definitely, Maybe Soundtrack is something best left attached to the movie.  As a stand alone CD, this soundtrack is nice…but that’s it.  There’s simply nothing remarkable about this CD that would make anyone pay full price to purchase it.


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