As promised, I will be reviewing the 2014 Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy! Before I get started, I just want to name out the trailers that I saw before the actual screening. The movies that are going to be released seem pretty exciting; I can't wait to watch these in time, especially the Maze Runner! I'm such a huge fan of the movie series.
Summary: After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, human Peter Quill is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team known as the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to save the world.
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language
So, on Saturday evening, my parents were deciding on which movie to go see together. They have this monthly thing where they go out-- just the two of them-- to watch a movie on a Saturday evening. They didn't see any movies that they wanted to watch together. Then they spotted Galaxy.
So, after some consulting and talking, my brother and I hopped into the car with them and we saw the movie in 3D XD (not IMAX 3D XD, but regular 3D). We arrived just in time for the trailers to start, but we had to sit up front. That was how packed the movie was.
Guardians, before I saw the movie, I thought, was a huge risk for Marvel to take. I love Marvel's movie adaptions because they actually are engaging and they're more appealing compared the the DC Comic adaptions I've seen. The problem with Guardians was that, for some time now, we've been seeing movie adaptions of the Avengers? So, did the movie upset my high hopes or exceeded them?
I'll touch on that at the end of the review. The movie starts of with a young Peter Quill, at the beginning, who is facing something pretty painful, and, under unpleasant circumstances, ends up in space.
I loved the the new Guardians team, and really, in general, all of the actor/actress choices made for the roles. Most of their motives and their character were pretty easy to spot after their first ten to fifteen minutes of screen time. I say most because there was one thing that threw me off (spoiler): I didn't catch the part when Gamora says she is betraying Thanos.
That leads me to my next point: the overall pacing of the movie. Instead of the movie having a steady pace, the pace was going like energy spikes would: some parts would be slow, while others were fast-paced. If the pacing was averaged out, then the pacing would come out a bit too fast.
I would also like to point out the comedy in this movie. The comedy splits the viewers of the movie in half: you would either get the jokes, or you don't. Luckily, after pun and inside jokes, the jokes in the movie were up my alley, so I completely got them! There was also this one thing that I laughed at that most people wouldn't get; something that Drax mirrored the exact same action that someone who was involved in the Avengers had done (who this other person is and whether they did this in a Marvel movie or TV show, I will not say exactly).
I just want to point this out quickly: there is a lot of more profanity in this movie than usual in Marvel movies. Be warned.
Something that I do like from this movie that seems to give a bit of depth is the 70s/80s tracks that are played throughout the film. Starlord has this cassette players which plays all of these tracks on this tape. Peter grew up in that time period, so when those tracks played, it seemed to give a bit of an insight to his character. (That, and I love 70s and 80s music. "'Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no river low enough...'" I just can't help it!)
My overall verdict for the movie? It did not fall flat. As usual, Marvel and Disney have done a great job of everything and had everything it needs to make it a great Marvel movie-- great comedy, characters, backstory, CGI animation, even a great Stan Lee cameo! I could see why this may not appeal to some members of the audience, but still: I am pumped and can't wait for the sequel in 2017!