Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect comic book movie! It truly is one of the most unique and delightful films Marvel has created to date. It’s packed with memorable and enjoyable characters, filled with all the required thrills and spills, and an almost nonstop barrage of humor and fun. You really don’t get much better than this.
Now that the flick is out and living up to its hype, we thought we’d take some time to talk about all the little things that make it one of the coolest things ever to hit the big screen. Marvel’s success in its cinematic universe comes from their films having a series of moments that offer genuine wit and occasionally earned pathos. In Guardians of the Galaxy there a those special moments a plenty. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 of our favorites. If you’ve seen the movie, check it out. If not TURN BACK NOW. Seriously, there are MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS UP AHEAD!
The second the opening scene started with Peter Quill aka Star-Lord on Morag dancing to ‘Come and Get Your Love’, audiences knew right away the film was going to be something special, oozing in offbeat originality and fun. We then come full circle when the movies climatic battle ends in Starlord challenging the flicks big bad, Ronan the Accuser, to a dance-off. Only in a movie like this could something like a dance-off work, and work so well.
Legend of Kevin Bacon
One of the funniest lines involves actor Kevin Bacon. When Zoe Saldana’s character Gamora says that she’s a warrior and assassin and that she doesn’t dance, Chris Pratt’s character Star-Lord replies with this hilarious line.
Really? Well, on my planet, there’s a legend about people like you. It’s called Footloose. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that dancing, well, it’s the greatest thing there is.
In response, Gamora asks, “Who put the sticks up their butts? That is cruel.” Which again shows the hapless ignorance on how aliens on this side of the galaxy take things so literally.
Rockets Sick Humor On Crippled People
In a daring prison escape scene that is to rival all prison escape scenes, Rocket has a plan. That plans involves the band of misfits – Drax, Quill, Gamora, Rocket and Groot – to each perform an essential task to complete their escape. Quill is imparted with the most important task of them all… acquiring the the prosthetic leg of a fellow inmate. As the exciting scene plays out, with the prison in full riot and action abound, the quintet eventually meet in the command center. Peter presents Rocket the leg. Rocket simply laughs and shrugs it off saying he didn’t need it, he was just messin’ with Peter for laughs – to make him feel useful. This sick sense of humor involving crippled people is later again attempted by Rocket when the gang team up with Yondu and his men as they prepare to take on Ronan. “And that guys eye…”. Even in the most down and out situations, Rocket and finds a laugh.
Rockets is an Emotional Drunk
Arguably, Rockets best scene is where he is drunk at a bar and expressing his hurt at being called a “vermin”. Which brings tears to is eyes as the shame and depression of being a lab experiment turned monster, a “thing”, washes over him. Who knew behind all his snarky comments and humor, lays beneath such emotional heft. Rocket is a true tragedy. This scene adds real drama and real emotion to the character. You forget that he’s a CGI rendered Raccoon type creature. You feel for him.
In his plan to take on Ronan and remove the infinity gem from his grasp before he touches down and destroys Xandar, Starlord sends a “dick” message to the Nova Corps leader (played by John C. Reilly) asking for their aid. Corpsmen Dey relays the message to Nova Prime (Glen Close) quoting Starlord’s “I’m an asshole, but what I am not is a %100 dick… we need your help”. Nova asks if Dey believe him. Dey responds “Well, I don’t think ANYONE is %100 dick”. Likening the humor to something out of Step Brothers or Dumb and Dumber, Reilly’s Corpsmen Dey misses the point of the question entirely, to much hilarity.
Yondu is a Bad-Ass
Michael Rooker’s Yondu Udonta is more than a ravager. This blue skinned galactic thief is %100 complete bad-ass. A) Because Michael Rooker and B) Yondu’s arrow. After having his ship crash down to the surface of Xandar in the space assault on Ronan’s ship, Yondu is surrounded by Ronan’s men. They order Yondu to call a retreat on his army of ravagers still fighting above. Odds clearly staked a against him, Yondo simply smiles and whistles his trusty arrow to leave its quiver and do its thing. All 20 something men are struck by the arrow and fall like dominoes. Oh, and the little collectible figurines that Yondo has a proclivity for, reminds me of those tough as nails biker guys you see that work at flower shops. Only a real man/bad-ass can get away with liking something frivolous/cute and be so feared that no one dare challenge them.
The groot smile was the icing on the cake for one of the films most simultaneously vicious and hilarious moments. Making their way through Ronan’s ship, Starlord, Drax and Groot are confronted by a horde of Ronan’s men. Groot extends his arm/limb piercing through the entire lot of them and slams them against the walls, repeatedly. A rather elevated level of brutal violence for such simple minded and loving character. The viciousness is washed away, however, when Groot turns his head with a big dumb smile as if to say “I did good?” Yes Groot, you did good. Way to kill those men, buddy!
We Are Groot
To save Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and Drax from certain death on Ronan’s ship, which happens to be falling out of the sky, Groot brings the rag tag team into his loving embrace as his branches wrap around them in a protective nest. An emotional Rocket says “But, you’ll die…”. From a character, who up until now, has only been capable of uttering the same 3 words “I am Groot”, the lovable houseplant/muscle says “WE ARE GROOT”. The word “Groot” in this case needing no translation, unmistakably meaning the word “friends”. Groot could have said the actually word “friends” in a Silent Bob speaks type moment and it would have been a fine expected moment, but it’s so much smarter having it play out the way it did. It shows again how far everyone has come, from beginning alone to having actual friends and family that they trust and like.
Rocket saves a splinter of Groot to grow anew. Once the initial credits roll with ‘I Want You Back’ by the Jackson 5 playing over them, we see Drax cleaning his knives after battle. But while he’s not looking, baby Groot is dancing in his pot and is really busting a move. For a moment, the green gladiator looks up and Groot stops. After seeing that nothing is amiss, Drax goes back to his task and Groot resumes dancing. Really, this was such perfect way to end the movie, leaving audiences to walk out the theater (though, one does not simply walk out of a Marvel movie before the end of the credits) with a smile.
Howard The Duck
In a end credit scene that is sure to confuse none comic book fans, the scene plays out with The Collector drinking an alcoholic beverage and observing the damage to his treasures. Cosmo (dog in the space helmet) comes into frame and begins licking Tivan’s face. We hear, “why do you allow him to lick you like that?” The camera pans over to a drinking Howard the Duck! Marvel’s foul bird then begins to struggle with his beverage, stating “it burns when it goes down.” Who is the voice of Howard you ask? How about Seth Green of Robot Chicken. Does this mean we might expect to see a new Howard the Duck movie? Given Marvel’s propensity for humor, I could totally see this working, and a great way to explore more of the Marvel Universe.
What was your favorite awesome Guardians of the Galaxy moment? Let us know in the comments!