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Welcome to the frickin' Guardians of the Galaxy!
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About the Movie
Minor Spoilers
When Guardians of the Galaxy was first announced in 2013, there was about five people who were excited about the news. The reason? It's a very obscure comic series that few people knew about. (Compared to the Avengers).

Within a year, everyone knew who Rocket was and why Groot only speaks three words. The Guardians are here to protect the galaxy, and here is why it’s an excellent thing.
Quote Marvel have a great track record with casting. Some are perfect choices right off the bat (e.g. Chris Evans as Captain America), whereas others feel miscast at first but turn out to be perfect choices (e.g. Robert Downing Jr. as Iron Man). Either way, you know you will always have great actors bringing great characters to life on the big screen.

The same can be said for Guardians. Chris Pratt, had only minor roles to his name. Then came Emmet in the Lego Movie, and then a little studio named Marvel called him for the role. Man, did he nail it. Dave Bautista as Drax is another surprise stand out. What about casting Vin Diesel as Groot, who only says three words? Stroke of genius if you ask me.

So let’s meet the team, for those of you who don't know, here is a brief run-down. Peter Quill aka Starlord, the human in outer-space. Master smuggler and owner of the ship the Milano. Gamora, a green skinned alien, who is a master assassin and never fails. Drax the Destroyer, the tattooed guy, who is incredibly strong and skilled with his weapons. Rocket, a fox on the run, is a genetically engineered raccoon who can talk. He is the tech genius of the group. Groot, the giant living tree creature, can grow his arms and legs at will, even if they get cut off. (Don’t forget his Baby Groot form) Oh, and he can only say three words…

So quite a mixture of characters. From those descriptions you would think that such a wide range of different characters couldn't possibility work together, like The Avengers. In that team, we didn't have to spend time going through the origins of the heroes, because they had already appeared in the MCU. Guardians had a tough job of giving us origin stories for all five of the Guardians... in the first movie! This could have been a mess, but thankfully Marvel know what they are doing. We don’t go deep into their pasts, but one by one each member gets an introduction and we get to know what to expect from the character.

By the time you reach the film's climax, things change. From going from hating each other to working as a team, you feel like you have watched them develop on screen at the same time we have got to know them. They are all very different, and all instantly likeable for different reasons. You will get Hooked on a Feeling. The feeling of Awesome.
[The Guardians]Rocket: "Well now I'm standing. Happy? We're all standing now. Bunch of jacka$$es, standing in a circle."
This is no good if they don't “feel” like a team on screen. Don’t worry, this isn’t a problem here. Each member of the team interacts with the others, creating perfect chemistry. Trying to pick your favourite Guardian? Good luck! (I surrender! I can’t pick.) Come a little bit closer, as the sequel has more members added to the team. I won’t say who they are, but picking your favourite gets even harder.

Between these characters working solo and as a team, creates banter and many funny moments. Unlike DC, which tend to have a more serious tone, Marvel have had great success of adding comedic elements to their films. Whether it's expressions on the actors faces, witty one liners or great timed moments, Guardians Go[es] All the Way and takes it to a whole new level.

Try not to laugh at Groot as he does the complete opposite of what Rocket tells him too, or Gamora nearly slicing Peter Quills neck for seducing him with his “pelvic sorcery”, because Peter's tenacity with Fool[ing] Around and F[alling] in Love with women he meets on his travels. You know you those films and TV Shows with countless great moments? (Like Knight Rider?) Yea, that's Guardians of the Galaxy all over.

Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have mostly strayed from using songs in their movies. (The use of AC/DC with Iron Man is the only noteable example). Guardians changed that, with dozens of old classic songs spread across both films. Whether it's Escaping with Piña Colada's, or pulling on the chain or having a Moonage Daydream, it is some of the best uses of popular songs I've ever seen in film. Wait do you hear Guardians Inferno, a new song for the second film. (I can't wait to hear the soundtrack for Vol 3)

The use of songs from Peter Quill's mixtape also tells us of his journey through life on earth, and how that just because he is on crazy space adventures with aliens, he hasn't forgotten his origins. He is human after all. James Gunn has said that he wrote scenes around certain songs so they would fit the mood of the scene perfectly. You thought the soundtrack was just full of random songs! And here's a [Cherry] Bomb – you can actually buy the soundtracks on cassette tape, just like the film! How cool is that?

Closing Thoughts
Excellent Excellent
Give it to Marvel to turn an obscure bunch of characters into one of the most successful comic book movies ever. Fans were grateful of such a fun films with well-developed characters – all set in a different part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Just wait to see Baby Groot!)

There Ain't No Mountain High Enough that jokes don't play out, but you won't say “I Want You Back” to serious Marvel films. It isn’t just fun, both films manage to be action packed and has plenty of strange new worlds to visit. Here’s to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3... Welcome to the Space Avengers!

My One Big Highlight
Spiderman The opening scenes. With Come and Get Your Love by Redbone blasting out of Star Lord’s Walkman, the way he moves around the planet with his dance moves and rocket boots is just fun. Similarly, Baby Groot dancing along to Mr. Blue Sky by ELO, just perfectly captures what the films are about – great songs, great characters, funny moments and action packed moves.
Elephant In the Room
elephantOne thing that I'm Not In Love with the film, is in Vol 2. Both films are extremely funny, but I felt the humour in Vol 2 is used a little too much in places. Some scenes don’t need jokes, they just need great dialogue and score to really heighten the emotions on screen. A nitpick for an otherwise great sequel.
Superb Soundtrack
Spoiler Free
[Front Cover]My Brilliantly designed Front Cover that is in no way the same as Vol 1
The soundtrack of the Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the best movie soundtracks I have ever listened too. I've recently merged all my music onto one massive hard drive, so I was inspired after viewing the movie again to come up with my alternative soundtrack.

So going through my music collection I had two rules. One rule it has to be from the 1980's or before. Second, it must of not been written specifically for a movie. So here is what I've picked for the tracklist, along with lyrics on why I think of the Guardians while listening too it:

1. Moving in Stereo - The Cars
life's the same I’m moving in stereo
it's so easy to blow up your problems
it's so easy to play up your breakdown
it's so easy to fly through a window
2. Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
It's all the same, only the names will change
Another place where the faces are so cold
I'd drive all night just to get back home
And the people I meet always go their separate ways
3. Burning Love - Elvis Presley
You gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming
I don't know which way to go
Your kisses lift me higher
Like the sweet song of a choir
4. Juke Box Hero – Foreigner
Heard the roar of the crowd, he could picture the scene
He saw stars in his eyes, and the very next day
Gotta keep on rockin'
Someday he's gonna make it to the top
Like a trip through the past, to that day in the rain
5. Bad - Michael Jackson
Don't shoot to kill, I'm telling you
Just watch your mouth, I know your game
Well they say the sky's the limit, And to me that's really true
But my friend you have seen nothing, Just wait 'til I get through...
6. Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
Just take those old records off the shelf, I'll sit and listen to 'em by myself
That kind of music just soothes the soul, I reminisce about the days of old
Call me a relic, call me what you will, Say I'm old-fashioned, say I'm over the hill
With that old time rock 'n' roll
[Back Cover]Aren't my photoshop skills amazing? It's like this back cover is official!
7. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
Welcome to the jungle, We've got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want
We are the people that can find, Whatever you may need
And you're a very sexy girl, That's very hard to please
8. I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
I saw him dancing there by the record machine,
The beat was going strong, Playing my favourite song
So come and take your time and dance with me
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby, I love rock and roll
9. 20th Century Boy – T.Rex
Friends say it's fine, my friends say it's good,
Fly like a plane, drive like a car
Bawl like a hound, babe, I wanna be your man
I'm your boy, your 20th century toy
10. Even the losers - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Well it was nearly summer, we sat on your roof
Yeah we stared at the moon, And I showed you stars you never could see
Even the losers, Get lucky sometimes
11. Flirtin' With Disaster Molly Hatchet
I'm travelin' down the road and I'm flirtin' with disaster
I've got the pedal to the floor, my life is running faster
And the way we run our lives, it makes no sense to me
I don't know about yourself or what you want to be
When we gamble with our time, we choose our destiny
We got our sights set straight ahead, but I ain't sure what we're after
12. TNT – AC/DC
See me ride out of the sunset, Out for all that I can get
Women to the left of me, And women to the right
Ain't got no gun, Ain't got no knife, Don't you start no fight
I'm a wanted man, Public enemy number one
The man is back in town, So don't you mess me 'round