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Megamind by Hans Zimmer & Lorne Balfe (Review)

posted Oct 28, 2010, 10:10 AM by Kaya Savas

One thing that stays consistent with Dreamworks animation films is that usually Hans or one of his friends does the music. This time Hans and Lorne team up to bring us an extremely light and very sweet score.  The main theme that opens up the album is terrific. It's a tad reminiscent of Madagascar but not so goofy and a mix of The Holiday.

The score utilizes some 80's synth in a very minor way. So don't worry if you think it overpowers the score, it really doesn't. You can hear it in "Crab Nuggets" and "Roxanne (Love Theme)". It actually works extremely well. The motifs are very strong and present throughout the duration of the score and really carry it. The score is able to find its path and does everything it should. Don't expect the music to blow you out of the water though. It's just a fun well executed animation score. Have there been better scores for animated films? Yes. But for a slapstick comedy vehicle for Will Ferrell I think this is pretty good. Just listen to the first track "Giant Blue Head" and by that you should immediately know whether it works for you or not. It definitely won me over.

Megamind is a fun and harmless score executed perfectly while hitting all the right beats of what the film has to offer. It has a romantic comedy side to it that really appealed to me. The themes are "waltzy" and sweet and really hook you. The score has an identity and that's what matters. While it may not sweep you off your feet the way How To Train Your Dragon did earlier this year it definitely has enough character and charm to hold you through.