By now, most of us know the Star Wars galaxy pretty well, especially the original trilogy. It’s got plenty of action, spectacle, and not surprisingly, lots of humor.
When Marvel set out to make their version of a galaxy-spanning epic film, they chose James Gunn, who is known for his twisted takes on genre films (see Slither for horror and Super for superheroics). But it took fan video editor/mashupper The Unusual Suspect to find the sweet spot between the two sci-fi films, by combining the action and more humorous elements of the classic trilogy we love with all the beats, fonts, and music cues that have fans drooling for August 1st to get here already so we can see Guardians of the Galaxy.
What we get is a different take on our beloved original trilogy with a modern eye for humor and beat-inspired editing. I know when I go back and look at the old trailers, they’re insufferably dry and boring. There was a time when it seemed movie trailers required something akin to a boring high school principal, droning on about safety issues and tardiness, to provide the dry, tedious voiceover for these teases of what’s to come. It wasn’t too long ago that nearly every action movie trailer began with “In a world…” But now, that’s all but gone from trailers, leaving the visuals and the music to speak for itself. It’s truly the golden age of the trailer. And while this one isn’t anything more than a fan made concept, stealing elements from two films we love and someday hope to love, I can’t help but wonder if it might have an influence on future Star Wars movie trailers.
Of course, this trailer really only works because we know the characters and the situations already and the editor is borrowing content from three films instead of one, giving it a lot more to work with, but that’s only a minor quibble at best. It’s just too fun to watch just once. If I had seen this trailer as a kid in the 70s and 80s, my head would have likely exploded.
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