I finally listened to the recently-aquired soundtrack to 'Forbidden Kingdom'. It's descent, but not a great soundtrack. Like some of the others, some parts invoke images of Ennio Morricone in my mind. Odd for a Chinese film, but I understand that Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns have a following over there. A recent film, "The Good, The Bad, The Wierd' pays homage to the Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah tradition. It's an interesting film, which I really enjoyed.
I've noticed that Ennio Morricone's style has crept into a lot of films, particularly when those films invoke images that parallel the spaghetti western. The last 'Pirates of the Caribbean film has a scene in which the opposing sides meet face-to-face on a stretch of sand, and a Morricone-ish soundtrack is used to evoke the 'standoff' imagery. The Sherlock Holmes sequal: 'A Game of Shadows' has a scene in which Sherlock Holmes, being afraid of horses, rides across the French countryside on the back of pony. Music from 'Two Mules For Sister Sara' is used to evoke images of the parallel to that film.
Morricone is a musical genius, in my humble opinion. His musical style will outlive him. Perhaps, someday, someone will compose a symphony in his honour, which will employ a variety of themes from his movies. Such a symphony, I think, would be simultaneously good, bad, and ugly...
Quod scripsi, scripsi.