Musical Score By: Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Shipped off from different crisis-ridden planets at the age of eight and arriving on Earth, it would seem that Metro Man and Megamind were fated to be enemies. A freak mishap between the two ships causes Megamind to land in The Prison for the Criminally Gifted, pretty much ensuring that the blue-headed alien would become a criminal mastermind. Meanwhile, Metro Man becomes the defender of Metro City, foiling each and every plot hatched by Megamind. His latest scheme - to create a superhero to rival the power of Metro Man. Unfortunately, Tighten finds he would much rather be a super villain and it is up to Megamind to play superhero in order to save Metro City.
Megamind is an animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures featuring the voices of Brad Pitt (Metro Man), Will Ferrell (Megamind), Tina Fey (Roxanne), Jonah Hill (Tighten) and David Cross (Minion). The movie’s musical score was created by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe. Hans Zimmer is an old pro at musical scoring, winning an Academy Award for his scoring of The Lion King as well as Oscar nominations for the compositions he created for Sherlock Holmes, Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, Rain Man, As Good as It Gets, The Preacher’s Wife and The Prince of Egypt. Lorne Balfe has worked with Hans Zimmer on a number of occasions, contributing additional music for the Sherlock Holmes, Angels & Demons, The Dark Knight and The Simpsons Movie.
As I listened to the Megamind Soundtrack, I was immediately struck by the creativity in the score created by Zimmer and Balfe. Instead of going the comedic route, the pair chose to employ an orchestra to create the larger than life themes of the characters. I found the use of orchestra bells created a unique and interesting sound that was extremely intriguing. Intertwined with orchestral sounds for some tracks and rocking guitars and percussion perfectly expresses the duality of Megamind’s character - an evil genius with a heart.
I also enjoyed the way the soundtrack’s producers included songs by other artists that were featured in the film. The songs seemed to be interspersed perfectly. Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood and The Destroyers, a song I had always enjoyed prior to this film, became even more enjoyable now that I could picture the character of Megamind strutting to its rocking sound. A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley was an interesting choice for the film and makes me wonder just what seen this song might have been used for. Alone Again Naturally by Gilbert O’Sullivan is a rather depressing albeit very well written song that seems to offer up the idea that Megamind actually has a heart. I have to admit that I started chuckling when Lovin’ You by Minnie Riperton began playing. It seemed so strange to have this song included and yet, I could almost see where it might have been employed for the most comedic effect.
I enjoyed the Megamind Soundtrack so much the first time that I immediately listened to it again. I had already thought that the previews of Megamind were pretty funny. After listening to the mix of musical score and songs by various artists, I was so intrigued, I have decided to go see the film. The Megamind Soundtrack has succeeded where so many others fail. It represents the movie perfectly, offering up a very special musical accessory to the visual effects of the film, while also offering up a terrific stand alone album that any music aficionado who may have never seen the film will enjoy. The soundtrack has inspired me to see the film and that is the ultimate test of soundtrack success. The Megamind Soundtrack will be a happy addition to my soundtrack collection.