Am I the only one who thought the songs DON'T work in the film?
I mean really?
No one else rolled their eyes at Quill's FOOTLOOSE speech with Gamorah which takes a scene that is already way too CUTE and then SLAMS YOU IN THE FACE with a song about FALLING IN LOVE while that is playing out right in front of our faces.... terrible!
I haven't hated a song use that bad since DRIVE where they used REAL HERO during the scene where our hero is acting like a human being which in case we miss, the song reminds us.
I thought this movie was BEYOND average. Not sure why everyone thinks its AMAZING but to each their own.
I like you a lot, but just can't agree with you on these. Of course the Elvin Bishop song plays when Quill is trying to seduce Gamora, the movie is largely a comedy and the scene even ends in a punchline. But maybe that's just how I see it, everyone will find something different in any scene in any movie.
Finally made my way through the whole score, and I gotta say this is my favorite Bates work so far. It's got a few tracks that pique my interest early on, but the second half of the album really shines for me. I really enjoy the action music and Guardians theme from 'The Kyln Escape', and once we get to 'Sacrifice' and the rest of the music from the film's climactic battle we've got well-done thematic action music interspersed with tender, emotional moments. The heroic 'Ballad of the Nova Corps' shows the pure nobility of the space police, which nicely contrasts with the Guardians (reluctant heroes). I think Bates did a really good job here, and hopefully his next few projects give him the freedom to keep composing like this.
And, atypically for myself, I also really enjoy the songs on the album. After a second viewing of the film, I appreciate how they are incorporated. Favorites: 'Come and Get Your Love' and 'Hooked on a Feeling' (they're both so catchy!)
The score is just fine, it works perfectly in the movie (which was a hell of a lot of fun, and the most purely entertaining movie I've seen this year - this is where DC movies need to learn from Marvel films... try to umm, entertain the audience, not beat the over the head with f*cking gloom - The Dark Knight Rise pretty much imploded with the overload of hilarious seriousness and we can't even discuss the wretched Man Of Steel ) and also is a good listen apart from the movie.
The songs also were fine and worked very well. One of the few instances where I would not have minded a few MORE songs, since they used so successfully.