By Alice O’NeillAward-winning composer Christopher Lennertz is still receiving accolades for his score of Ride Along, Universal Pictures’ buddy-cop action comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. The popular comedy marks Lennertz’s second collaboration with director Tim Story. Previously working together on Think Like A Man, Lennertz and Story are also working on Think Like A Man Too which hits theatres this summer. Ride Along proved a hit with fans when it opened in theaters nationwide. It is available Apr 15, 2014 on Amazon.com in Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with Ultra Violet. Pre-order customer reviews, based on their seeing the movie in local theatres, looks to set new records for DVD sales. Lennertz’ original motion picture soundtrack is now available on Varèse Sarabande Records. It is a top seller.
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Ride Along follows a fast-talking slacker (Hart) who must join his girlfriend’s brother (Ice Cube) —a hot-tempered cop—to patrol the streets of Atlanta. As he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life to prove that he deserves his future bride. Lennertz wrote a comedic score, adding to the attitude necessary for the film’s action sequences. “Having worked with Tim previously, this film was the perfect situation for me. You have Kevin as the funny guy and Ice Cube as the straight shooter, which makes it the job of the music to enhance the energy of both of those characters” Lennertz says, adding that for Ice Cube’s character, he incorporated ’90s hip-hop influences, whereas for Kevin’s character, he harked back to the classic ‘80s cop comedies.
This composer does not sit in an ivory tower. He observes and lives a purposeful life, and brings to bear on his compositions all the nuances of human emotions. Being happily married with two young children in western Massachusetts grounds him.
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