No Strings Attached
Musical Score By: John Debney
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Medical student Emma (Natalie Portman) first met television producer Adam (Ashton Kutcher) when they were six years old. Now in their twenties, the two decide to engage in a friends with benefits relationship. Despite the fact that Adam wants to become involved in a lasting relationship, Emma reasons that with her hectic schedule and the nature of her job, she needs one thing in her life that doesn’t come attached with strings or commitments. The romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, poses quite an interesting question: Can a friends with benefits relationship last or will the benefits cause the friendship to spiral into oblivion?
The musical score of No Strings Attached is composed by John Debney who began his musical scoring career after graduating from the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Composition, Debney scored big with one of his television projects, earning an Emmy Award for Best Main Title for Sea Quest DSV. In 1993, he secured his first feature film scoring job with Disney’s comedy Hocus Pocus. Since then, John Debney has amassed quite a diverse résumé of film scores including such notable films as Spy Kids, Sin City, Predators, Machete, The Relic, Chicken Little and more.
The musical score of No Strings Attached starts off quirky and full of fun. The first track, Golf Date, features hand clapping and whistling, implying a fun and carefree attitude. Although there are a few more quirky and fun tracks, things become more and more serious as things in the friends with benefits relationship becomes more and more complicated. The soundtrack becomes less pianos, guitars and violin plucks and more serious orchestral music as things between Emma and Adam become more and more strained.
As a whole the musical score of No Strings Attached isn’t really much different than any other romantic comedy musical score. With the exception of the first track which really grabbed me and lifted my expectations for the rest of the album, the musical score by John Debney wasn’t really anything I hadn’t heard before. I think a mistake was made when the powers that be decided to release the musical score and the soundtrack featuring songs by various artists separately. A combo album would have been much more enjoyable.