Chris W’s review published on Letterboxd:
There ain't no mountain high enough,
ain't no valley low enough,
ain't no river wide enough,
to keep me from getting to you.
One last rewatch before watching Vol. 2 tonight. God, I love the music in this movie.
The somber "I'm Not in Love" for the bittersweet opening.
How the mood immediately turns around with "Come and Get Your Love", setting the mood for the entire rest of the movie and putting a huge grin on my face everytime the title card pops up with little Star-Lord dancing in the background.
The now iconic "Hooked On a Feeling" when the group are inducted into the Kyln prison; and the "Piña Colada Song" for when Star-Lord casually flies out of it to get his cassette player.
The adventurous "Moonage Daydream" for when the viewer explores Knowhere for the first time.
Gamora's first contact with music through "Fooled Around and Fell in Love".
The punk-rocker "Cherry Bomb" when the Guardians suit up for their first big battle.
The melancholic "O-o-h Child" after Groot sacrifices himself.
The newly-born Baby Groot dancing adorably to "I Want You Back".
And of course, my personal favorite song of the film: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, when Star-Lord listens to the second of his mom's mixtapes with tears in his eyes. The contrast of this euphoric and upbeat song mixed with the bittersweet images of the Guardians realizing their family bond for the first time ties such a beautiful bow on the ending of this movie.
I love how big of a part music plays in this movie, being the one connection Peter Quill has left of Earth and his mother. I really can't wait to see Vol. 2 tonight and what music it has in store this time!