On January 29th 2016, Kung fu panda 3 was released in the USA and China and like a lot of people, I was looking forward to see it.
I have mixed feelings for the movie, it has big issues and doesn't have what make the first two strong in my opinion. I think now that I could have waited longer to have a better final product. It’s surely the weakest of the trilogy but I must say that the visuals and the score are once again amazing! I also enjoyed some parts. It still managed to bring some nice and positive messages so in celebration of its release, I wanted to focus on the positive.
In the end, the movie might not gave me what I wanted or even expected but I have a lot of good memories while waiting for its release in my country and I truly enjoyed seeing it in theater. It was such an adventure to wait for this (final?) episode and a joy to see the characters on the big screen again.Happy first anniversary Kung fu panda 3 and thank you !
KFP 3 was definitely more aimed at younger audiences, that is why it doesn't feel so epic and mature like previous 2 films. It was missing dark soundtrack and some mentally ill villain.
Kai's theme was really cool too, I think. Everytime he appears on screen you hear his melody and you just know that Kai is here and it got serious, it really adds something to his dramatic entrance. It may be just ''I'm so sorry'' from Imagine Dragons, but oh god, it fits Kai so well I think. Again, this is my personnal opinion, I really wish John Powell could have worked on this soundtrack too but Hans Zimmer did a pretty good job on his own. At least for me, the soundtrack from KFP3 is just really cool, not much weaker than the first two soundtracks and I'm never tired to hear it.
The soundtrack was weaker than KFP2, because we are comparing soundtracks in a trilogy. I wouldn't say a word if this was one separate movie, but as part of the trilogy: disappointment. I barely heard any epic moment (I only remember 17. Spirit Realm, 16. Battle of Legends). From a soundtrack that is part of a trilogy, I expect heart touching moments and epic parts. I instead got goofy melodies and too much positive sound. The only tracks in KFP3 that were on the level of previous 2 OSTs were: 1 Oogway's Legacy, 16. Battle of Legends, 17. Spirit Realm, 12. Portrait of Mom, 10. Jaded, 14. Kai is Closer... and That's it. Other tracks are totally different soup: 6. Hall of Heroes, 2. Hungry For Lunch, 10. How To Be a Panda, 18. The Dragon Warrior... Like, WTF ? I honestly can't believe that 3/4 of the entire OST are goofy melodies with practically none epic moment (And clearly, Hans Zimmer doesn't know how to make fight/escape music). I don't say it's bad either, it is great... But it is very disappointing, and without emotions... And for the "13. Po Belongs": I don't see the awesomeness in it... Not only that half of the track was cut off, but it is also just a fight music. It misses something that would make it unique, like in "15. Zen Ball Master", where you hear 3 different styles in 7 minute epic fighting track. (I needed to listen to "Po Belongs" once more, because I actually forgot how it sounds)
Kai's theme is overused and it has the worst villain theme I have ever heard. He is a villain, why did we get a melody from popular song ? Where is the epic orchestra, that was in Lord Shen's theme ? Villain is supposed to be portraited as a negative character, so what is a ripoff of popular song doing in his theme ?
I realise music really depends on the sensitivity people have. When you see a movie, you can focus on so many differents elements that are visual or not but when it's only music, you can only judge with your ears and it really depends on what your tastes are and what your ears like. Yay ''Zen Ball Master'' was really epic (one of my favorites) And I see better why you don't like Kai's theme.
It was a nice discussion with you :3 Always a pleasure to talk about music (^Ｏ^)
Oh, and happy belated first birthday, KFP 3.
Happy belated first birthday yay !