Make a note on your Golden Globe song ballot now; Paul McCartney has penned an original tune, “(I Want To) Come Home,” for the upcoming Everybody’s Fine, starring Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. Written and directed by Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine), the film tells the story of a widower who embarks on an impromptu holiday road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children, only to discover that their lives are far from the picture perfect ideals he’s been peddled in their infrequent updates.
Collaborating with composer Dario Marianelli on the orchestrations, McCartney tackled a song the evening he first viewed the film, and crafted an intimate tune that complements the themes of the movie and serves as a final grace note to its moving story, according to a Miramax press release. Reflecting on his reaction to the film, McCartney said, “I could
definitely identify with Robert De Niro’s character because I have
grown-up kids who have their own families.”
The film’s trailer hints at some melancholy, but the font for the title and credits — not to mention the preview’s closing song choice — ultimately convey that this isn’t awards-type fare, but rather peppy, Hallmark-sentiment, minor-chord, emotional string-plucking. No shame in that game… I’m just saying. Miramax Films releases Everybody’s Fine nationwide on December 4.