Sunday, November 28, 2010
Review by Richard Buxton
In creating Remote Control Productions (formerly known as Media Ventures), HANS ZIMMER intended to give relatively unknown, but clearly talented composers, a shot at their dreams of composing for Hollywood blockbusters. Looking back on his legacy in film music, not even his greatest detractors could deny that he has succeeded. Having mentored successful composers such as Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell and now LORNE BALFE he has given composers who may otherwise have gone unnoticed, a fighting chance
Zimmer previously collaborated with Balfe for the juggernaut that is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and with MEGAMIND returns to a film genre not unfamiliar to him in the slightest. On hearing that Zimmer is at the helm for another animation, one is reminded of his previous efforts in the likes of MADAGASCAR, THE SIMPSONS MOVIE and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the latter being one of the highlights of Zimmer’s career. As is always the case with Zimmer collaborations, identifying just who has composed each track can prove a difficult task, but it can be said with confidence that the ever-maturing Balfe will have had a significant role to play in the score for MEGAMIND.
What separates MEGAMIND from the usual superhero tale is the protagonist and the situation he finds himself in. The title character and simultaneously the villain, MEGAMIND (Will Ferrell) finds himself in the unusual position of having killed his archenemy Metro Man. Such a fresh look at the tale of superhero vs. villain does just enough to suggest MEGAMIND can offer something fresh while still entertaining audiences.
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