Doctor Strange End Titles Score

I’d be the first person to admit that the scores for most Marvel Studios movies have been less than memorable (at this point only two tracks from Henry Jackman’s theme to Captain America: The Winter Soldier stick in my mind at, and those are ‘Winter Soldier’ and ‘Lemurian Star’) and that’s taking into account ALL their movies.

That being said, Michael Giacchino’s score–the End Titles at any rate–are particularly fascinating because it sounds to me evocative of The Moody Blues in songs like Knights In White Satin, with instruments that sound like guitars, sitars and drums taking center stage.


There’s a curious lack of menace to it though, which is fascinating because if the music that accompanies the trailer is any indicator, then Giacchino’s score holds a few surprises.

Doctor Strange International Trailer

Comicbook.com posted an international trailer for Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Doctor Strange, and you can see it here.

I haven’t watched it because a movie trailer is a like a single puzzle piece, which when combined with others form a more complete image of what that movie happen to be.

The problems start when you assemble those pieces, which defeats the purpose of seeing it, if whomever is doing the marketing isn’t careful.

As I said, I stopped watching new Doctor Strange trailers a few months ago; an embargo I have no intention of stopping.

Though if you want to–and I don’t advise it–eat your heart out (not literally.  You need it to live and even if you didn’t, there’s that whole chest bone you have to contend with) but don’t be shocked if the movie is just a bit less amazing when you finally catch it.

 

You Need Faith For That To Work, Mr. Vincent!

Screenshot 2016-07-24 00.45.09That’s paraphrasing vampire Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) to Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) from Tom Holland’s 1985 Fright Night, though it fits what I think I’m seeing from Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange.

It feels almost as if Kevin Feige (or his bosses at Disney, maybe) has a bit less faith in it than in prior projects.

And keep in mind that this is the studio that created hits based on a guy who can shrink to the size of an ant and another which had at its heart (and as its heart) a talking tree and a raccoon.

And if that wasn’t enough there’s director Scott Derrickson’s proven record of success, though probably the biggest thing he tackled prior was 2008’s The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Which did well, though not remarkably so, at the box office.

There’s no other way that I can explain the 15-minute preview Marvel Studios has  released in theaters that showcases the (hopefully) unique visuals that the movie has to offer.

In a character like Doctor Strange the visuals are a HUGE part of what makes him who he is, so much so that you literally cannot divorce him from them; so revealing them too early potentially spoils–or at the least undermines–an important aspect of the movie.

And I could be wrong–after all, I haven’t seen it–but I’d think that the less the audience sees of the prior to seeing the movie, the better.

A Strange Doctor Strange Trailer

I didn’t exactly say that I wouldn’t post any more Doctor Strange trailers more than I wouldn’t post any that revealed any crucial plot points or gave too much of the movie away.

And that’s a promise I intend to keep, though when I saw how novel this latest trailer is, I couldn’t help but include it.

Enjoy.

Doctor Strange Conjures Up Some Levity

Screenshot 2016-07-24 00.45.09I mentioned a few posts ago that I wouldn’t be writing much about Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange out of fear of spoilers, though I think that the new trailer is important for reasons I expand upon below.

What I was wondering was how Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange would add the levity, the light-heartedness that’s been crucial to most of their productions up to this point.

I think I see how it’s going to be done. The humor in the movie will apparently come from Strange’s learning to work with magic.

This makes perfect sense because if anyone is familiar with Doctor Strange from the comics, they’d know that as a surgeon he was very arrogant, so in learning to master the Mystic Arts, he’s humbled.

And in that humbling comes moments of humor.

It’s a great idea because–unlike what some would like to believe–none of the Marvel Studios movies are comedies, though they do have moments of humor (though it should be said that it’s possible that some of the scenes in the commercials won’t appear in the movie).

More Doctor Strange ‘Motion’ Posters

While not strictly speaking ‘trailers,’ I don’t quite know where to put this latest crop of Doctor Strange motion posters.  And while admittedly there’s less ‘motion’ than a curious melting around the abdomen, that’s technically motion too.

Here’s Baron Mordo (that’s his name and not a title, honorary or otherwise, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor)

The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton)

And Kaecillius (Mads Mikkelson)

They didn’t include Dormammu, but you know’s he’s there (where else could Kaecilius have gotten those burns around the eyes?  By staring that the lord of the Dark Dimension, that’s how!