"Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy"
The Deluxe Edition Soundtrack Album Review
Music By Tyler Bates & Various Artists
Disc One: Awesome Mix Vol.1
12 Tracks/Disc Time: 44:51
Disc Two: Score Album
29 Tracks/Disc Time: 74:34
Disc One: Grade: B+ Disc Two: Grade B
Overall Grade: B
"Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy" is easily the Summer's most critically films and a true pure blockbuster that is definitely a major crowd pleaser and will now have a franchise of its' own due to its critical and box office success. The film Directed by the underrated James Gunn ("Slither", "Super") who co-write the film with Nicole Pearlman stars Parks & Recreations' Chris Pratt as the throwback anti-hero Peter Quill, a rogue who steals a mysterious orb who soon becomes the target of massive Universal manhant by the underling of the powerful Thantos (Josh Brolin, "The Goonies"), Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace, "Pushing Dasises") and his partner, Nebula (Karen Gillan, "Oculus"). Soon Peter is recruited to join a group of the most oddball rag tag bunch of a-holes the universe has to offer that includes Gamora (Zoe Saldana, "Star Trek"), Drax (WWE star Dave Batutista), Groot (featuring the voice of Vin Diesel) and Rocket Racoon (featuring the voice of Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper) under the watchful eye of Corpsman Dave (John C.Reilly, "Step Brothers") and Nova Prime (Oscar nominee Glenn Close, "Fatal Attraction").
Just as the visuals and the brilliant script by Gunn and Pearlman plays out another important fascet that this film offers is the great and judicious use of music. Gunn purposely incorporated a great group of rather ecclectic songs featured on disc one of this two disc set titled "Awesome Mix Vol.1" (which is also available as a standalone CD) that features alot of the music that the films' hero Peter Quill aka. Star Lord is listening to on his invaluable cassette Walkman throughout the film and in other films in the past that include the memorable "Hooked On A Feeling" by Blue Suede featured perfectly in Quentin Tarantino's classic "Reservoir Dogs", O-o-h-Child" by The Five Stairsteps featured in the unforgettable "Boyz N" The Hood" which played brilliant during a rather pivotal scene early in that film, Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky" featured in films such as "Dazed And Confused", and "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes. The rest of the songs are really interesting including David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" which lend perfectly to the atmosphere of the film.
The films original score featured on Disc Two that is exclusive to this edition of the soundtrack features the work of composer Tyler Bates, who has worked with Director James Gunn on several films including the cult classic "Slither", "Super", as well as the remake of "Dawn Of The Dead" which was written by Gun and Directed by Zach Snyder ("Man Of Steel"). Surprisingly and I'll say it again, surprisingly Bates has written one of his best scores without question for this film which is a purely orchestrial and fun score (I'll say surprisingly again) which definitely one of his strongest scores since the remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" which was a surprisingly strong score despite the films' shortcomings as a whole. The score is a perfect spectacle (as all Marvel films are musically for the most part) and a powerhouse score that is fun and it is purposely over the top musically as it should with a really cool main theme that is grandiose and memorable. Featuring a fair share of grandiose action material highlighted by "The Final Battle Begins" (which features the cool main theme for brass and percussion), "Guardians Unite", ""Don't Mess With My Walkman (a great track name!), "The Pod Chase", "The Klyn Escape" which is a terrific and lengthy action packed track, "The Big Blast" and "Quill's Big Retreat" that have a depth of pure action scoring that really hasn't been exhibited only in parts in Bates' previous scores such as "Doomsday", "Day The Earth Stood Still" and "Conan The Barbarian 3D". The rest of the score is very playful and thematic that plays off the Bates "Guardians Theme" and also feature a surprisingly nice dramatic side to them highlighted by "What A Bunch of A-Holes", "To The Stars", "Everyone's An Idiot", "Sacrifice", "Black Tears", and "A Nova Upgrade", that ends Bates score on a high note with a wonderful chorus and full orchestrial compliment which is very serene and triumphant.
Hollywood Records release of this set is a great value release that is absolutely worth picking up. Both albums are really solid listens and soundtrack fans will like the variety you do get here. The first disc is just solid music all the way around and the second disc features a fine Marvel score that is worthy of the ones already released in the past that include "The Avengers", "Iron Man 3", "The Incredible Hulk", "Captain America: First Avenger" amongst many others. I'd have to say that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is a perfectly scored movie with a solid tone throughout which sets the pace. I'd have to say that I've lambasted Tyler Bates' work in the past and this time around he really comes up big in the ways I've been hoping to hear him do for years. This is definitely his coming out party for sure. This is a very solid release and worth the price. Thumbs up as for the film....Brilliant!