Narratorway wrote:Take for instance his Iron Man example. He just presumes the lack of music didn't change the scene at all, when it very clearly removes almost all the tension. It's no longer Tony trying something potentially dangerous and using quips to take the edge off, it's Tony about to do some run-of-the-mill testing and being smug to himself about it for...some reason? Without the music, the scene doesn't even make sense!
I like how you reinforce your point of how stupid it is for someone to take their own opinion of a scene and try to pass it off as the one obviously correct interpretation of a scene by taking your own opinion of a scene and claiming it's "very clearly" the correct interpretation of that scene. It's really clever how you used hypocrisy to reinforce your point, here.
But, yeah, I really enjoyed that video, but I only partially agree with it.
I do agree that Marvel is being rather safe and boring with their scoring choices. I thought his criticisms of all three scenes (Iron Man, Cap'n America, and Thor) were on point. (No, I really didn't notice the absence of the music from that Iron Man scene, personally) And while I generally enjoy soundtracks as background music for work, the only Marvel film I've ever put on as background music is Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mix Vol 1.
I don't really agree with the implication that the issue is Temp Music though. Star Wars, despite having all those memorable tunes, had temp music. (Classical music, not borrowed from other film) And, even when the temp music "bleeds" into the final version; whether you direct a scene with the music in mind, or compose the music to match the scene, I don't see any reason why you can't get just as good an outcome either way. Certainly, it can be overdone, but I don't see it as the fundamental problem here.
The MCU music is safe and predictable probably for about the same reasons why their plots have become safe and predictable. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the MCU films, they're fun films to watch, but their overall plot structure is pretty same-y. And I'm not really sure why their plot structure (and music) is getting so repetitive; but I'm guessing it's not because of temp music.
Sidenote: his opening bit, while it illustrates the point he's trying to make pretty well, could really have used some examples of people remembering music other than the main theme for big, multi-movie series: I'm sure someone could have sang the Imperial March or Duel of the Fates or the music from the Tatooine sunset scene.