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Downpuppy

Until the closing credits I thought Yondu was Woody Harrelson.

Richard Jensen

Hmm...no mention of the post credit tag. Are you saving that for a seperate post?

steve

I wish that I had seen it when I was a kid. It was wonderful.

BetterYeti

Seeing this on a rainy Saturday at the Wellfleet cinema was the ideal way to start our annual Cape family vacation. It was a bonding experience that brought us together from the separate worlds each of us have been careening through the rest of the year. Don't think just a comic book movie with a lot of yucks would have done that so completely without the sentimental core you focus on. (And it helped that emotional core was based on bonding.)

I was struck by your comment that "all but one" of the heroes suffered heartbreak and loss, by which I assume you mean Groot. Given the WTF reactions to him from characters you'd expect to be pretty blase about extreme aliens, he seemed one of a kind (doubling Rocket in this, actually) and, with his wizened, ent-like appearance, gave a "last of his kind" vibe. It's not in the text -- and no clue what the comic backstory is -- but I was watching thinking the "dead bodies" in Groot's past were his race.

This is probably covered ad nauseum elsewhere, but I loved the obvious "Raiders" influence. Quill's mask reveal seemed to follow the beats for Indy's first "out of the shadow of the fedora" appearance. The sequence you mention where the characters meet-up (and the one where I knew this movie really had me) struck me as a mash up of "Raiders" market/basket chase and "Dooms" Club Obi-wan opening.

Yeah. I kinda liked it.

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