Guardians of the Galaxy ★★★★★

In preparation for the new film, I decided to give this a rewatch.

Truly a shining example, for many reasons. Of how to do a standalone film that works in the context of a larger universe. How to get audiences to care for obscure characters, involving a talking tree and a gun toting Raccoon. How to slip a semen joke into a Disney film all the family will see. How to make a deadpan wrestler the MVP of a stellar cast. And how to take a number of songs from a specific time period, and compose them into one of the best soundtracks assembled for a motion picture in recent years.

Plus, that dance off!

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