One doesn't expect subtlety in an animated children's movie of the early 21st century, and, by extension, there's no reason to expect subtlety in a musical score written to accompany one. Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe's background music for Megamind employs a large orchestra (plus, of course, synthesized sounds) to large effect. When the mood is adventurous, it is very adventurous, when it's sad, it's very sad, etc. This is scoring that hits the listener over the head repeatedly. Similarly, the few pop songs that have been inserted in among the orchestral cues seem to have obvious purposes. How many times has George Thorogood & the Destroyers' "Bad to the Bone" been used in a movie? Well, the first instance seems to have been Christine (a Stephen King horror adaptation about a demonic car) in 1983, but it's just such a useful anthem for bad guys that it is perennially brought back. Gilbert O'Sullivan's maudlin "Alone Again (Naturally)" and Minnie Riperton's saccharine "Lovin' You" may remind the parents (or grandparents) who are intended to recognize and enjoy them just how terrible a decade for pop music the 1970s could be. But it's Zimmer and Balfe's ever-busy music that dominates here, and it must at least keep up with the cartoon characters on the screen.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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