I've had a love affair with movie soundtracks for about as long as I could remember. Growing up, I had a tendency to gravitate towards listening to scores on CD rather than listen to actual cool people music. Needless to say, it's helped to shape my perspective on music, and my perspective on filmmaking in general. While I admire Marvel Studios for what they've done with their Cinematic Universe, their scores have left much to be desired.
There is nothing wrong with them per se, but you couldn't exactly call them memorable. Though I often cite the Thor soundtrack as one of their most memorable, I can never, for the life of me, actually remember the tune of any of the tracks without going back and actually listening to it. This is nothing unique or particularly insightful on my part. As was mentioned in an "Every Frame a Painting" episode, memorable movie scores are particularly hard to come by nowadays. While the music itself is solid on almost every level, it doesn't manage to do much else other than provide serviceable accompaniment to what's happening on screen.
I'm hoping we're reaching the end of that era. With Ike Perlmutter no longer telling Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige what to do, I'm hopeful that Marvel Studios will start to take more chances with their scores. On deck to handle the music for their next flick Doctor Strange is one of the greats, Michael Giacchino, the man behind the music in The Incredibles and the 2009 tar Trek film.
Of course, at the end of the day, composers are hired hands, and they'll do what they can to execute the vision of the director or studio head, so this doesn't exactly guarantee quality, but it's a start. And now, Marvel has released a track from the film.
Take a listen below:
I find myself in two minds on this one. Is it an improvement over the standard Marvel Studios fare? I'd say yes, definitely. It has a unique style in and of itself that separates itself from anything else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's an enjoyable listen, to be sure, but does it have a killer hook? Not quite. Keep in mind, I'm coming from the perspective of someone who's only listened to it a couple times, but as of right now, I don't think this particular track has pushed itself over into the memorable range yet -- but it's close. Damn close.
Perhaps after listening a few more times and listening to it in context of the film, my mind will change.
But what do you think? Do you think this is a step in the right direction for Marvel Studios scores? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4, 2016.
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SOURCE: Marvel Entertainment