Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Ten Best Moments

First off, I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy. Easily the best film of the summer, and quite possibly the best film I've seen all year with Captain America: The Winter Soldier a very, very close second. And in terms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I would put it only behind the first Iron Man and The Avengers. But after a record breaking weekend, and mind-boggling ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and imdb, do you really need me to tell you this is a really good film?

For me the movie was super fun and packed with a ton of memorable moments. So here are my top 10 moments from Guardians of the Galaxy.

WARNING: Below there be tons of spoilers!

Drax Takes Everything Literally

Dave Bautista did a surprisingly good job portraying Drax the Destroyer. And he's unexpectedly very funny! The running gag is that he takes everything literally. Even Rocket says that metaphors are gonna go over his head. Without missing a beat, Drax says, "Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it." Bautista might give The Rock a run for his money as best wrestler turned actor.


We got our first glimpse at Thanos at the end of The Avengers. But in GotG we got to see him in his full Mad Titan glory and it's a total nerd out moment. It's a short scene where he basically insults Nebula, but a little Thanos goes a long way.


Star-Lord is trying to get Gamora to dance by telling her the story of great hero named Kevin Bacon in Footloose. Gamora's response, "Who put the sticks up their butts? That is cruel" is so deadpan and so unexpected. Apparently Drax isn't the only being in the universe who doesn't get metaphors. But the funniest thing is Gamora is an assassin who thinks sticks up butts is cruel. Even assassins have limits.

Groot SMASH!

Star-Lord, Drax, & Groot are making their way through Ronan's ship and are confronted with what seems like more enemies than they can handle. Groot extends one of his arms through the center column of bad guys impaling them and then thrashes them them from wall to wall obliterating everybody. Then he turns back and just smiles. Perfect punctuation to end such a violent scene.

Take My Hand

Early in the film, Star-Lord's mother is dying and she asks him to take her hand. But he doesn't have the courage and she dies. At the end of the film, Star-Lord manages to grab the Power Stone, but it starts to rip him apart. Gamora tells him to take her hand, and he flashes back to his mother. This time he goes for it and grabs Gamora's hand. Drax and Rocket grab hold as well so the power is spread among the four and the team manages to defeat Ronan. Is it a hokey scene? Yes, but just because it's hokey, doesn't mean it can't be good.

Drunk Rocket 

Another unexpected emotional scene where Rocket drunkenly talks about how he was experimented on, ripped apart and put back together. Being referred to as vermin or a rodent really hurts him, and he didn't ask to be made. I didn't expect that much emotion from a psychopathic, talking raccoon. It made him seem, well... human.

Drax is Glad to Have Friends 

Drax lists the qualities of his friends. When he gets to Gamora, he refers to her as the "green whore." But Nebula interrupts, and Drax blasts her saying "Nobody talks to my friends that way." It's the Puny God moment all over again and it's great.

Ooh Child

Star-Lord singing Ooh Child and challenging Ronan to a dance-off to distract him was hilarious. But Ronan's subsequent reaction to it in the most normal sounding voice was even funnier.

We are Groot 

Ronan's ship is about to crash into Xandar, and Groot decides to sacrifice himself by forming a giant nest around everyone to save them. The following exchange between him and a crying Rocket is heartbreaking. Once again, more unexpected emotion, and I didn't think that much heart could come from a giant, talking tree.

Groot Dancing

Groot was my MVP. This was a perfectly fun way to end the film as it put a smile on my face from ear to ear.

I could have listed another 10+ moments from the film that I liked, but then that pretty much would have been the whole film. What moments stood out for you? Let me know!

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