Kung Fu Panda 2 Soundtrack Review. This is a review of the film score Kung Fu Panda 2 by Hans Zimmer & John Powell.
“I am really enjoying Kung Fu Panda 2 and Powell & Zimmer certainly delivers”
The fat panda is back kicking some ass in the cinemas and onboard yet again we have Hans Zimmer & John Powell. This time Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon. The first Kung Fu Panda came along in 2008 and was to my recollection a successful film and score. I really enjoyed Powell and Zimmer’s collaboration so I am probably not the only one looking forward to this one.
|1. Ancient China / Story of Shen||*****|
|2. Dumpling Warrior||****|
|3. Inner Peace||*****|
|4. Musicians Village||****|
|5. Save Kung Fu||*****|
|6. Daddy Issues||****|
|7. Stealth Mode||***|
|8. Gongmen Jail||***|
|9. Rickshaw Chase||****|
|10. Po and Shen / Face to Face||****|
|11. More Cannons!||****|
|12. Fireworks Factory||****|
|13. Po Finds the Truth||*****|
|14. Invasion Begins||****|
|15. Zen Ball Master||*****|
|16. My First Hungers For Justice||****|
The dynamic of John Powell and Hans Zimmer works great it has to be said. Not sure who wrote what, but what is here is more than enough to feed hungry soundtrack geeks.
The main theme from the first movie is kept which is a relief. I really liked that theme and I am happy to say nothing’s changed in that respect. In the first cue ‘Ancient China / Story of Shen’ you already feel right at home with the theme playing just as it should.
Going onwards, there are a few standout cues like the zen-like ‘Inner Peace’ and the melodically great ‘Save Kung Fu’ that starts off with a glorious choir piece and goes on to be a brilliant and powerful track. ‘Po Finds the Truth’ which is a bittersweet track, something that the truth might be at times. It is one of the most diverse cues with very mellow parts and all-out action/dramatic sequences.
Perhaps the most adventurous track of them all is ‘Zen Ball Master’ that is over 7 minutes long. It has comical elements, epic elements and is just a really fun listen.
There is one aspect however that bothers me slightly. There’s not a lot of new material here. It feels like an extension of the first Kung Fu Panda. On the other hand, I always wanted more of that so here it is. Also the remix at the end is a definite skip-as-fast-as-you-can kind of track.
I am really enjoying Kung Fu Panda 2 and Powell & Zimmer certainly delivers. It is more of the same from Kung Fu Panda, but perhaps it is exactly what you need, it was for me. I wasn’t too disappointed in the lack of new material, but I have to admit I wouldn’t mind if it was. I think this is not the greatest score to an animated score ever, but I feel it is slightly better than the first score.
CUE RATING: 83.7