12 Days of #108Mas: The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Soundtrack

At the beginning of the month, I was on Yumper and Svo at the Show talking about Star Wars. But before we got into that I mentioned I had just watched the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special:

The Special Feature itself is a fun little holiday treat. There are probably going to be some interesting tidbits that show up in future MCU films, so just on that I’d recommend it if you had previously chosen to skip it.

But what stood out to me, and generally does in James Gunn flicks, was the music. He did a great job of incorporating the music into the story and of using less traditional songs. Whether it be Julian Casablancas singing the Jimmy Fallon/Horatio Sanz penned “Christmas Treat”, or the Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping”, or the start and end of the film using the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” (they edited around the language that is not quite befitting of xmas), it all works very well.

He also did something that I have seen him do previously to great effect: the use of music playing in the film that both the fictional characters and the audience can hear. Yes you movie snobs, I know that is diegetic music. The Old 97’s are in the feature as a band and even play with a special guest lead singer in one scene. However, my favorite placement is when they audibly click on speakers and use a filter to make the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Christmastime” play over them in the scene.

As I said, it’s definitely worth a watch and the soundtrack is a lot of fun if you need something to listen to on this lovely Christmas Eve.


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