The Star Wars comparisons started early and often after Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie was announced. That seemed like a lofty bar to set for a film that seemed like a batshit-crazy curiosity at first, but the similarities are certainly there. You’ve got a motley crew of unlikely heroes up against a some truly heinous bad guys, all set against a cosmic backdrop full of weird-looking creatures and colorful alien worlds. But the more we saw from Guardians, the more that initial comparison seemed apt. And while the prequels might have made it easy to forget, the original Star Wars trilogy is also pretty damn funny at times. That’s on full display in the video up top, which mashes together Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy to give us something awesome.
YouTuber The Unusual Suspect created the video using footage from the original Star Wars trilogy, recut and combined with a little bit of classic rock to riff on the most recent Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. It’s kind of amazing how well it works, even if Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” seems a little jarring over the Star Wars visuals. (Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” works better for some reason I can’t really put my finger on.) Hell, you could almost do this entire video just with Han Solo moments. “Laugh it up, fuzzball.” I love that smug “what can I say?” moment from Return of the Jedi. Here’s the Guardians trailer for comparison.
Mainly it just captures the fun of the original trilogy, even if it maybe wasn’t quite as cheeky as Guardians of the Galaxy looks to be. Honestly, I want this dude to keep applying the Guardians trailer template to other roguish classic science fiction crews. “Firefly of the Galaxy?” I’m there. “Farscape of the Galaxy?” Bring it. Bonus points if somebody does one that makes Alien look like a light-hearted romp.
Meanwhile, director James Gunn posted a pair of rather badass Guardians-related Empire Magazine covers over on his Facebook — they’ve got something good, something bad, a little bit of both. Guardians of the Galaxy blasts into theaters on August 1.