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19 February 2014 @ 06:46 pm
That Guardians of the Galaxy trailer  
My feelings can be summed up as 'meh'. I was hoping seeing the trailer might inspire me to be somewhat more enthusiastic, but it had the opposite effect. It's gone from 'I'll see it at some point', to 'Probably a rental.' Too bad, because up till now, **every Marvel movie has been an event, with midnight viewings and trips to meet friends for opening day (We're meeting in Disneyland for Captain America II) and I'm going to miss that. But it'll still make pots of money without me, so I'm sure Marvel isn't too worried :D On the bright side, next year is Avengers II, so there is still squee to be had. Unless there's the addition of racoons or marmots, then we'll see.

** Except for Iron Man, but that was because I didn't know it was going to love at first sight for me and Tony. But I've been ever faithful since that fateful viewing.

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Taxicab Messiahdonna_c_punk on February 20th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know next to nothing about GOTG so I wasn't planning on seeing it in the theatre, either.
Becca: 10th Doctor Certified Geek from ???beccadg on February 20th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
Understandable. I mean GotG is very cracky sci-fi. You might enjoy it given you love Doctor Who and Red Dwarf, but it might not work for you since you can't get into Farscape. I wouldn't put money down for it without getting a good look at it first. For me, the trailer looked pretty good, even if we didn't get to hear Rocket Raccoon speak. I'm dying to hear whether or not he's well written. Groot and Rocket could be awesome or awful. @.@
I will call her George: Bones - I Don't Knowstrangevisitor7 on February 20th, 2014 06:12 am (UTC)
I was unimpressed. Campy sci-fi never works well and the trailer made it seem kind of stupid. Especially hated th esong they played over the trailer - it didn't seem to fit.
Taxicab Messiahdonna_c_punk on February 20th, 2014 06:41 am (UTC)
"Hooked On A Feeling" by Blue Suede? I like the song, but it was just dumb in that trailer.
I will call her George: Merlin - Really?strangevisitor7 on February 20th, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
That's what I meant. It seems like a weird choice for that trailer. It really didn't fit the trailer at all and I had no idea what they were thinking using it in that context.
Jennjeymien on February 20th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
It was the song playing on his walkman. That's really all it is. And a link to the human somehow ends up in space thing.

Edited at 2014-02-20 03:13 pm (UTC)
Becca: 10th Doctor Certified Geek from ???beccadg on February 21st, 2014 07:41 am (UTC)
It really didn't fit the trailer at all...

I thought the song not only fit the trailer well, but on multiple levels. But then I looked at the action as serious comic book action, and the song as a kitsch cover of a bubblegum pop tune. From where I was sitting it worked at the levels jeymien mentioned--

1) It was what was playing on his walkman.
2) It gives him a link back to Earth from deep space.
(The second would be why the trailer made me want to watch some Farscape. It's also one of the reasons GotG compares with Doctor Who and Red Dwarf.)

Plus, it added the juxtaposition of heavy comic book action with bubblegum pop. I liked John Woo's use of juxtapositioning heavy action with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in Face/Off. Given the wiki for "Hooked On A Feeling" says it was revived in the 90's by being in the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack, Quentin Tarantino might have also used it as a juxtaposition to a violent action sequence.
Jennjeymien on February 21st, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you for a much more indepth explanation - I was able to put the reasons the song was there into words, but not the sort of meta-ness that you did! It definitely resonated with me that way.
Becca: Loki Mischief Managed by beccadgbeccadg on February 22nd, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
You're welcome. :D I'm a big fan of GotG, and I'm still nervous about the movie. I just know that the trailer did work for me. ;)
Taxicab Messiahdonna_c_punk on February 22nd, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
It was just playing on the radio in the background of a scene in Reservoir Dogs, if I remember right. He had a lot of 70s music in that movie because everyone was listening to K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies show. The song he used for the infamous ear removal scene was "Stuck In The Middle With You".
Becca: Captain Jack Joy by beccadgbeccadg on February 22nd, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks Donna! Sounds like Quentin didn't use that particular tune for juxtaposition, but he did do some violence/music juxtaposition in that film. I've never actually seen the whole thing. Not sure how, but... *Shrugs.*
Taxicab Messiah: smiling winner (battle royale)donna_c_punk on February 22nd, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
I want to say it was playing in a scene where Harvey Keitel's and Tim Roth's characters were sitting in a car, casing the jewelry store, while getting to know each other better. It's been about six or seven years since I've seen it, I saw it about 20 to 25 times, though, when it hit VHS. I may have to pull it out and watch it again. I've been meaning to do so for a while. I haven't seen my Blu-ray copy yet and I've owned it for over a year.

Tarantino is great as using music in his movies. I think some of his best stuff if from the Kill Bill flicks. How he went with the Japanese animation/kung fu movies of the 70s vibe with the first. Then went with a more spaghetti western feel for the second. The first had some of the greatest fight scenes, but the second is my favorite because of the character development. He also went to great lengths to compare the main character to Superman/Clark Kent in one of the scenes near the end. Great stuff. Dunno if you've seen either one of them, but if you haven't, you might wanna check'em out.
Becca: Colin MacLeod by beccadgbeccadg on February 22nd, 2014 06:19 am (UTC)
*Grins.* Happy to give you an excuse to give your Blu-ray copy a spin. ;) I've seen Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill Volumes 1&2 which is why I'm kind of surprised I've somehow never seen all of Reservoir Dogs. Course I haven't caught up with Inglorious Basterds, and Django Unchained so I'm not as dedicated as I could be to Tarantino films. O-Ren Ishii is my favorite Lucy Lui character, but then I'm a "Japanese animation/kung fu movies" junky. :D
Becca: Intellect and Romance FTW by ???beccadg on February 21st, 2014 07:08 am (UTC)
Campy sci-fi never works well...

I can't judge the overall quality of the movie from a two minute trailer, but if it's as true story-wise to the books as it seems to be design-wise it's no more "camp" than the Avengers was or Doctor Who is. Doctor Who might seem campy to someone who's watched Classic Who, and judged it by the production values, but it's an intelligent series. I was a fan of Classic Who before I ever read any GotG, but I've been a fan of GotG for decades. I remember when Rocket Raccoon had his own limited series back in 1985. I want the movie to be good, but until I hear some actual dialog I'm only giving it points for having good visuals.
Jennjeymien on February 20th, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
Awww. come on, Rocket Raccon is freaking awesome. Will be better once it's Bradley Cooper's voice going on :) I think it looks pretty good.
Becca: 10th Doctor Certified Geek from ???beccadg on February 20th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to avoid getting my hopes up for it, GotG done right is EPIC crack, but it has to be done right. The trailer sure looks good. Course it make me feel like doing some Farscape rewatching. 8)
Jennjeymien on February 21st, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
Me too!
Ith: Avengers - Sifithildyn on February 24th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
If it was in its own universe, and not a Phase Two tent-pole film, I'd be all for it. But, as it is, I'm seeing a window into the future of the movie-universe I adore and not liking what I see. I've tried several times to visualize a scenario where I could accept Tony or Thor having a conversation with a raccoon and have yet to succeed. But like I said in my post, Marvel isn't going to lose any sleep over losing me as a viewer of their future films. It'll just be sad for me personally.
Becca: Mark's Hulk by beccadgbeccadg on February 24th, 2014 05:57 am (UTC)
I've tried several times to visualize a scenario where I could accept Tony or Thor having a conversation with a raccoon...

That's too bad because he's got history with the Hulk (he debuted in The Incredible Hulk in 1982). Not to mention that apparently (more recent then my days reading the books) Tony Stark accepted membership in the Guardians of the Galaxy, and traveled around in space with them for a while. Would it help any to point out that, while Rocket Raccoon might be referred to as a raccoon, he is actually a four foot tall highly intelligent alien with some resemblance to an Earth Raccoon?