REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

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Chris Luckett

“There’s figures on this. Seventy percent of what people react to is how you look, twenty percent is about how you sound, and only ten percent is actually what you say. So, if you look good and sound good [but talk nonsense], everyone’ll go wild!” –Eddie Izzard

Even those who were left unimpressed by 2014’s crowd-pleaser Guardians of the Galaxy were in unanimous agreement about how fantastic its soundtrack was. Employing a vintage Sony Walkman and a cassette mixtape to accompany the humourous action of the movie, its soundtrack topped the Billboard chart for 11 weeks, was the best-selling soundtrack of the year after Frozen‘s, and introduced a new generation to the hits of the Raspberries, Norman Greenbaum, 10cc, The Jackson 5, and Blue Swede.

The fact it was such a fun movie and a solid sci-fi actioner/superhero flick was better, but even if it had been just okay, the music (and the dazzling CGI) would have been enough to mostly make up it. The traction-less Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is proof of that.

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GUEST COLUMN: Soundtracking (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Neil Reyes

I don’t know about you, but after seeing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the words “I am Groot” and the chorus to Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” are stuck in my head.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a great movie, and its ‘70s solid-gold soundtrack is one of the most entertaining and cleverly incorporated in a superhero movie. For the most part, comic book films feature epic scores to match the intensity of every scene and character. Director James Gunn and company carefully combines Tyler Bates’s original score for the film with Peter Quill’s “Awesome Mix, Vol. 1.” It’s fitting how an unlikely playlist featuring the likes of Rupert Holmes, 10cc, and Redbone ties together a film about misfit heroes.

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REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

One of the big differences between movies adapted from Marvel superheroes (Iron Man, Spider-Man, etc.) and movies adapted from DC superheroes (Batman, Superman, etc.) is that Marvel movies generally are more enjoyable. DC movies tend to be more dark and brooding, while Marvel’s entries seem to care most about just taking audiences on a fun ride. Of all the already entertaining Marvel movies, Guardians of the Galaxy may be the most playful and the most amusing.

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