Monday, August 4, 2014

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

This movie made my summer. It was epic, hilarious, visually stunning and even heartwarming. I was worried. Marvel hyped this movie up. I was worried it wouldn't live up to the hype. It did. It really did.

I didn't see it in 3D, couldn't afford it, but Guardians of the Galaxy was so much fun to look at. I loved all the spaceships and the technology. They threw us into the world without explaining any of it. They didn't need to. The way the story moved, we figured things out on our own. I don't remember starships in other sci-fi movies looking this amazing. I love the designs and vibrant colors. So creative.

I don't know what sorcery was used to create Groot, the tree, and Rocket, the raccoon, but they looked so real. I know, at this day and age we shouldn't be surprised when non-humans characters look believable in a movie. I was impressed. Especially with Rocket.
Rocket, was awesome. He's my favorite. He'd kinda a psychopath but he's fun. Nearly every word out of his mouth was hilarious. Groot was so adorable. I hadn't expected that. I mean he is a big tree. He has his badass side and his sweet side. The two of them were an awesome and hilarious combo.

I like how the movie gave us a glimpse into each characters personality without breaking the story's stride. They sprinkled a little backstory at a time. Each character was well rounded. They all start out as walking stereotypes. Then, we learn more about them.

 Gamora (Zoe Saldana) wasn't just eye candy. Like Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) didn't have one person at the center of the movie. We got to know and enjoy each character. The story was amazing, but the characters made the movie. Each had a strong personality. The movie gave everyone their fair share of camera time.
We got character develop in a way that wasn't mushy or predicable. We have a group of anti-heroes- my favorite kind of character. Although they became these epic heroes at the end, they still have that badness in them. Just the way I like it.

The trailers hinted at a romance between Gamora and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).
You guys know how I feel about romance in my action movie. Fortunately, GotG was more action than mush.

For those who've watched Family Guy, you may have had a moment where your only reference to a song was that show. For me, it was Journey's song Don't Stop Believing. Whenever I hear it, I always think of the Family Guy episode.

GotG was the same. Most of the soundtrack was the epic score you get for movies like this. They also had a lot of 70's songs. I liked how they made each song a part of the story. They weren't just background music. Now, whenever I hear Hooked on a Feeling, I'm gonna think of GotG.

I haven't read the comic so I don't know how faithful the movie was to the original. From the responses I've seen so far, it's pretty faithful. I like how each side character got their moment. Yondu (Michael Rooker) was kinda annoying until we got to see how epic his arrow was.

The villain, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), was flat. I didn't understand where all his hatred came from. He was just there to be a bad guy nothing more, which was fine. He did what he was supposed to do- make everyone else look good. His ship was awesome though.
I like how Marvel is connecting each movie. Clearly, the Avengers don't show up in this movie, but we do get Thanos. He didn't do anything besides be mean. Since he's such a major villain, there's now talk that he's going to be in Avengers 3. You can't just drop Thanos into the franchise without doing something with him. That's a great way to piss off fans.
As I mentioned before, I didn't see this movie in 3D, though I usually do. I'm kinda regretting it. Knowing Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy would've been amazing in 3D.

I learned my lesson this time. I stay until the end of the credits. That extra was more for comic book fans. The end credit scene showed a character and the audience went bananas. I don't think it foreshadows another Marvel movie. It was just for laughs.

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