Guardians of the Galaxy
based on the comic book by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
2014 • 122 minutes • Marvel Studios
Ever since the first trailer dropped, featuring sci-fi action, comedy, and Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” I’ve been excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy. Not because I have any familiarity with the Guardians themselves, but because anything that combines the hits of the seventies and eighties and speculative fiction is one hundred percent my jam. (I will admit to being a little disappointed that my first theory, that Guardians of the Galaxy’s soundtrack was, in fact, just the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack, was wrong, but “Cherry Bomb” is in there, so I am content.) Now that Marvel is on top of the world, the fact that they’re reaching back into their catalog and digging up obscure characters is heartening, especially for those of us desperate to see Black Panther or Captain Marvel finally make it to the big screen.