Movie Title: Guardians of the Galaxy
Date Released: August 1st, 2014
Date Seen: August 1st, 2014
Seen with: Dad
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
Those that know me will know two things. One is that I don’t normally review the Marvel movies on here. The other is that I thought the trailers for this movie looked HORRIBLE. I was not excited for this movie, I thought it looked like it was “making fun” of comic book movies, and I just didn’t care for any of the trailers. However, I still went into the movie wanting to like it. I want to be entertained and like the movies that I see. So the verdict?
The movie was MUCH better than I thought it was going to be. It was obviously funny, which is what I’m sure most people will love about it, but it also had enough more serious bits to counteract them. It had a lot of the nice little one liners that were just fantastic, similar to the Iron Man movies. The movie also just had entire scenes that were just supposed to be funny (while yes, still moving along the plot). A lot of people will love the movie for that reason, it’s not as dark as the others and kids will love it as well. The funny aspect of it also helped you connect to the characters. Unlike the other Marvel movies, these are all relatively “new” characters, that most audiences know nothing about. The movie gives us snippets of each of their pasts, which is sometimes very depressing or upsetting. The characters use the comedy to try and hide their pain but you know it’s still there underneath. Peter Quill/Starlord (Chris Pratt) is legitemately funny, while Groot (Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista) are hilarious because of the things they do or their “ignorance” (you’ll see what I mean when you see the movie). I do not know the Guardians that well, but I did read about them beforehand. Because of this, I did notice some of their backstories slightly changed, but it didn’t affect the story nor overall make that much of a difference.
The movie takes place mostly in space, and a couple of other planets, so we get a nice change of scenery from the Avengers movies. We get ships, we get unfamiliar planets (more than Earth, Asgard, and Svartalfheim), we get space battles, and it’s all awesome. I think it was the Star Trek fan in me that got excited for all the space battles. But anyway, due to this, and the characters literally going ALL over the galaxy, we get TONS of new races of people/aliens. Obviously, the Guardians are a host of different species themselves, but a number of sub-main characters are non-human and that makes it just that much more interesting. One of my personal favorites was Yondu Udonta, played by Michael Rooker (Merle from Walking Dead!). He is a Centaurian, and has a couple of cool abilities due to his race. You’ll find out what they are but he is super cool.
The plot is cute, but fairly predictable. It had a couple of parts that made me think of Frozen (yes, that Frozen). Spoiler alert for Frozen coming: You know how at the beginning of Frozen they say “Oh man, be so glad Ana wasn’t hit in the HEART that would be SO BAD if she was hit in the HEART”, and then *shockingly* later, she gets hit in heart? There were a couple of moments like that in the Guardians. You think to yourself “hmmm why are we mentioning this plot point in such exquisite detail? Must happen later.” Despite the predictability, I still had fun. The characters all meshed well together, the movie was well shot and nice to look at, and the acting was great. Dave Bautista did a surprisingly fantastic job as Drax. He was perfect. Everyone else did fantastic as well.
So in summary – despite thinking this movie looked bad from the trailers, I still enjoyed it and had a good time. It wouldn’t be called my favorite Marvel movie, but it wasn’t the worst and I would watch it again.
Part 2 – Any Spoiler Stuff
The after credits scene I thought was a joke…. maybe because I don’t have a “think” about Howard the Duck, but man, that was just a complete waste of one in my mind. I’ve seen that people either love it or hate it, and I was on team hate it. I did like going back to the Collectors Lab though, and would have kind of liked a hint about what he was going to do next, but I also just think the Collector is super insanely cool.
Yes, the movie I didn’t think I’d like garnered an 8/10. The acting was good, the shots were great, the characters were extremely well written, and it was an enjoyable ride.