Friday, August 1, 2014

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

1500 years ago, everybody knew that the earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was flat. And 15 minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow....

I saw GotG Thursday night with my wife and friends, prior to the announcement of this movie I knew nothing about the Guardians of the Galaxy and I only knew Rocket from UMVC3. The trailers did a great job not only giving those of us unfamiliar with the comics a quick and dirty introduction, it did it in a way that was relatively spoiler free and really built up some great hype.
So how was it?
Well my wife was 100% certain she was gonna hate it...based solely on seeing a talking raccoon and a walking tree and when we were walking out of the theater she admitted she enjoyed the movie.

Marvel is synonymous with Superhero's/ Mutants so this rag tag group seems kinda un-extraordinary, but that's part of their charm....they're underdogs, ordinary shmoes and they know it! But together they are the Friggin Guardians of the Galaxy!

The number one reason I enjoyed GotG so much was IT'S A FUN MOVIE! It's an adventure in space, that isn't hindered by political intrigue, taxation of trade routes, scientists that act like they're sponsored by red bull when surveying a strange new world, messiah-like characters that save humanity from machines, yada yada yada.
Peter Quill aka Starlord may not have much in common with a billionaire, genius, philanthropist, or a Norse God, or a Super Soldier but he does have ALOT in common with a certain Professor of Archaeology, and a certain scruffy Nerf Herder and Chris Pratt seemed perfect for the role.
I've only seen Dave Bautista in one other move, 2012's Man with the Iron Fist's....he didn't have a large role but his screen  presence was matched only by his size, as Drax the Destroyer, Bautista was genuinely funny and dangerous at the same time, nothing gets over Drax's head...literally or metaphorically.
I've yet to see Zoe Saldana in a role that I wasn't impressed with and I enjoyed her as Gamora, her and Pratt worked very well together. In fact the entire crew seemed to have the same camaraderie as the Avengers crew.
Rocket and Groot were amazing to see realized on the silver screen, their performances stand on equal ground as the non digital actors. As far as digital characters are concerned these two and their respective voice actors have delivered the most enjoyable performances since jar jar binks....just testing to see if you're still reading this review. I hope to see some kids dressed as Rocket this Halloween, that'd be awesome!

Lucas film and Jar Jar Abrams really need to watch Guardians of the Galaxy to remember what made Star Wars the cultural icon it's NOT hundreds of lightsabers in an arena full of termite engineers, it's discovering mysterious locals like Knowhere....That's no moon that's a severed head of a Celestial!
It's also interesting characters like Benicio Del Toro's Tanaleer the Collector, Djimon Hounsou's Korath the Hunter  and Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser that made this movie so enjoyable! And lets not forget we finally get to see Thanos!
And the soundtrack as I suspected absolutely fits the comedic atmosphere of the movie with some amazing songs from the 80's! Baby Groot approves!

I've enjoyed almost every origins movie Marvel has put out so far; Capt 'Murica, Hulk (Ed Norton), Iron Meng, and now Guardians of the Galaxy. As I stated at the beginning, having prior knowledge of the comic's isn't really necessary to enjoy the movie and in fact may be a good thing if you're not in case  the MCU made some changes to GotG cannon that will enrage fans (because that has never happened before ;)) Guardians of the Galaxy will appeal to a wide demographic, male female old and young (10+)

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a movie so much that I'd be willing to pay to see it a second time, but I would for GotG.


Oh yeah and this......
GotG > PT