Guardians of the Galaxy
Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora, and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when he discovers the orb's true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.
Release Date: August 01, 2014
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I've been getting some serious super-hero movie fatigue lately and have absolutely no desire to see the next Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, or Avengers film. With that, it might sound strange that I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy AND that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Guardians of the Galaxy is just 'fun' from start to finish. It's a story that doesn't take itself too seriously, doesn't get lost in over-extended action sequences, and doesn't have to break the rules of its own universe just to make the heroes win in the end. In other words, it avoids the pitfalls most other superhero movies have been falling into lately. The story does revolve around a great set of characters in an interesting universe. In fact, both the characters and universe are so interesting that you leave the movie wishing they would have explored both more deeply.
I am rather surprised at the low age-rating some people have given to this movie. While there is not a lot of sex or gore, there are certainly quite a few inferences to sexual activity and more than a smattering of curse words to go along with your general action-movie violence. While I'd highly recommend Guardians of the Galaxy as a fun summer movie for anyone with teens, I'd very definitely recommend a parent watch-through before showing it to younger kids.1 Thank ·
Loved it, Awesome.
niceAugust 6th, 2014 · Details
Under normal circumstances, the mere presence of a talking raccoon might serve as a cleaver, effectively dividing the moviegoing public into those who hate such digital chimeras — think Gollum and Caesar the chimp — and those who love them. But I suspect that even some of those on the far side of the divide might find something else to love about “Guardians.” It manages the trick of being both an unironic sci-fi action-adventure flick and a zippy parody of one. It’s exciting, funny, self-aware, beautiful to watch and even, for a flickering instant or two, almost touching... See Full Review
I read a couple critical reviews before seeing the movie Saturday Morning. I was amazed at the score on Rotten Tomatoes, a 93! On a Marvel Movie!? I get the feeling that most movie critics are unimpressed with what Marvel mission is all about, and alas, there have been some flops we’d rather not speak of, but coming in with the expectation of just wanting to have a good time, I hereby decree, this is, hands down, the best Marvel Movie I’ve seen to date.
“The best Marvel Movie to date, you say? But what about The Avengers? What about Ironman 3? Captain America 2? This one tops them all?” The resounding answer is yes, and I’ll explain why in three parts.
The Characters. While every kid has dreamed of being a Superhero, the parents of said kid are a little more cemented in reality that a Good Life comes from being able to pay the bills and trying not to work a 40 hour/week job till the end of your life. Maybe even raising a kid or two and having them survive past 18 years of age would be a well added bonus. We all feel a sense of inadequacy at some point in our lives. This movie related to it’s viewers more than any I’ve ever seen. You have these 5 people; and yes, we use “people” liberally here, as one turns out to be a Tree and another, a talking Racoon. However, what makes “Guardians” so great is that you see them as REAL people, you see them develop as people, people YOU can relate to, even if one’s Green, one’s Red, one’s a Racoon, and the other, a Treant with a 3 word vocabulary. They each have to overcome challenges of Anger and Rage, Betrayal and Loss, all while they a facing a foe that to which they are horribly outmatched against. They start as enemies, but through their afflictions, come out as the only friends any of them ever had, and you almost feel like you are the 6th, enjoying every moment of triumph and loss alongside them.
The Premise. Most Movies to date have some sort of Exposition, Conflict, Climax and Resolution. Guardians seemed to blow through that pattern at such a brisk but sustained pace, all the while taking you on Emotional Roller-coaster, scene to scene, and the Director did this gloriously! Even in almost under 2 Hours to boot! While the overall conflict revolves around an item Star Lord decided to steal very early on in the movie, the ping pong back and forth of this Unknown item becomes less of guessing who will grab hold of it next but more of what in tarnation is it and why is everyone after it. But while the thing is just a thing for almost half of the movie, the confusion and humour around trying to protect it is hilarious to watch. The big bad Villain does Villainy pretty well. I’ve had a lot of qualms about the villains of Marvel as portrayed in films over the past couple of years. They all seemed so stereotypical, and most of their actions almost never made any real sense, even coming from a deranged evil doer’s point of view. This villain and his consorts seem to actually have some brains to them, and aren’t some stupid bad guy trying just mess up the heroes’ lives, but more bent on unbiased extermination and enslavement than most others Marvel Villains, who worry more about their Egos than they do in hatching coherent and cohesive plans.
The contrast. While it’s already deemed a Classic among many Critics, a new age Space Opera if you will, the whole time I was watching, I saw countless contrasts to the greatest Space Opera of our Time, The Star Wars Trilogy. This Space Western seemed to teem at every corner with all the things that made the Star Wars movies define a Generation. You have your Trusty Old Spaceship, the home away from home. A Scruff, incompetent, yet brazen leader. A Buddy-Pal Duo that work extremely well together, a love interest who can handle herself and doesn’t need the Stereotypical relationship to be worth something, and sproutling warrior who lost all those he loved, as he slowly learns to love those around him, and even himself. On the other end, A seemingly unbeatable foe and army, which covert ops and subterfuge are needed rather than raw strength to overcome, all mixed in with a little magic, a couple miracles and and some sheer dumb luck to help them achieve great things together, and along the way, strengthening their bond and friendship into something truly worth fighting for.
All in all, the movie was enjoyable first, humorous almost everywhere, and emotionally stirring to the end. I would rate this movie the best yet in the Marvel Universe, and would challenge them to do better, take bigger risks, and truly make something as comparable to it. With Disney’s backing, I’m seeing a greater quality of Storytelling coming out of these recent Marvel movies, and I’m definitely liking what I’m seeing so far.August 4th, 2014 · Details
I really like this movie. it was fun to watch and funny too. There were two small parts I would edit out and few curse words. I will watch it a few more times. I think it goes fast, so its easy to miss stuff.
In a Nutshell: FAN-Friggin-Tastic! This movie is everything you want a summer popcorn blockbuster to be.
By now, everyone has heard of Captain America: The First Avenger , Iron Man , and Thor , but not as many people are familiar with the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy , except maybe my cousin who owns a comic book store in Vegas. I’m “hooked on a feeling”…..that you’ll be a fan now.
The fun flick is FILLED with action, comedy, special effects, warmth, witty dialogue, and unexpected surprises that will tickle your insides that aren’t filled with popcorn. There is so much to see in every scene that you’ll immediately want to get back in line at the theater and see it again.
The audience I sat with cheered, laughed, clapped and remained seated until after the credits rolled….and was rewarded with one last surprise. (SPOILER ALERT: Brush up on your Howard the Duck trivia.) Fantastic fun for all ages.
Uplifting themes: Never give up, believe in yourself, hold fast to good friends, stand up to evil.
Things I liked:
•Rocket and Groot had the potential to become the Jar-Jar Binks death of this movie, but in fact, they enrich it and even steal the show in many scenes.
•Although the Guardians comic series came out in 1969, this feels like the Star Wars sequel movie lovers have been hoping for, complete with awesome air battle scenes, zany creatures, cool toys, and lovable misfits.
•Paying extra for 3D is worth it.
•Chris Pratt was the perfect leading man, complimented by the acting and voice talents of Zoe Saldana (who goes from blue in the awesome Avatar movie to green in this film), David Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, and John C. Reilly.
•Vin Diesel only has one line (“I am Groot”), but provides enough variety in the telling that communication is enhanced. In fact, Rocket and Groot have a cute “Lassie” (“Timmy fell down the well!”) relationship, enabling Rocket to translate and carry on entire hilarious conversations with that single phrase. Groot is full of delightful surprises and expressive facial movements. Groot’s got skills! My husband is built like Groot..all legs, broad but thin, sculpted jaw law, interesting angular head. Don't tell him I said that.
•Be sure to catch the Stan Lee cameo in the beginning when Peter Quill goes to Zandor.
•1970’s and 80’s music plays a fun and meaningful part in the movie. I had one of those Walkman’s like Peter Quill’s, complete with orange foam headphones. No doubt, the movie soundtrack and character merchandising will be popular items on Ebay and Amazon.
•You’ll see tons of cool gadgets, space ships, and special effects.
•You actually care about the characters.
•I liked that the stone-faced soldier bad guys were visually minimalistic, suggesting they were robotic followers without depth. Am I reading too much into them?
•I loved Drax the Destroyer’s body art. David Bautista joins the ranks of former WWE champion-turned-successful actor, along with The Rock, who kicked off his own summer blockbuster last weekend in Hercules. (You can click here to read my movie review of Hercules.)
•The cool space pods that connect to form a glimmering protective net give new meaning to “star”ship.
Things I didn’t like:
•Some of the outfits worn by The Collector’s peeps were just silly.
•I thought Ronan the Accuser’s make-up was messy and not as cool as it could be.
• “We’re just like Kevin Bacon.” – Gamora
•“What are you doing?” - Ronan the Accuser
“I’m distracting you, you turd!” - Peter Quill/Star-Lord
•“You’ve got the best eyebrows in the business.” - Peter Quill/Star-Lord
•“I come from a planet of outlaws: Billie the Kid, Bonnie & Clyde, John Stamos…” – Peter Quill/Star-Lord
•“No one’s blowing up moons.” - Drax the Destroyer
“You suck the joy out of everything.” - Rocket
•“Dance-off, bro. Me and you.” - Peter Quill/Star-Lord
•“I can’t believe I’m taking orders from a hamster.” – Denarian Saal
•“I wasn’t listening. I was thinking about something else.” – Drax the Destroyer
•“I found something inside myself, incredibly heroic…not to brag.” – Peter Quill/Star-Lord
•“You are a disappointment, Sister. Out of all our siblings, I hated you least.” – Nebula
•“You’re making me beat up grass!” - Rocket
Tips for parents: There is some profanity, but it flies past so quickly that you might miss it. There is a lot of violence (mostly bloodless), a huge body-count, and the characters are admittedly flawed…in fact, are wanted criminals, as opposed to Marvel’s heroic and squeaky-clean Captain America. Gamers in your family will get their daily fix. There is some sexual innuendo that should go over the heads of little ones, such as mention of a black light and a Jackson Pollock painting…
This is a Marvel film I think we've all been looking forward too. It's got a very different look and feel to the rest and seems like a whole new direction for Marvel. Before seeing I had heard it was Marvel's funniest movie yet, which really got me excited because I find that a lot of their movie's have great humor, such as The Avengers.
What I found instead was humor that felt very forced. I did not laugh as much as I wanted too. It's still a funny movie, but just wasn't what I was hoping for. The crowd in the theater was laughing the whole way through, but I found myself only laughing out loud of a few parts. I also had a friend with me that I noticed wasn't laughing through most of it too.
While it wasn't as funny as I was hoping, it was still quite entertaining. I feel this would've been a great one for a younger crowd, but they unfortunately pushed in some suggestive humor and actions that end up ruining it being a fun family movie. It's a bit edgy for a Marvel movie, though not as much as the Iron Man films.
Overall I enjoyed myself but didn't feel like it was worth paying for to see on the big screen. Redbox worthy for sure.
Score: B-August 1st, 2014 · Details
Marvel movies have always skirted the line between fun (if violent) entertainment and something a bit darker. Families sometimes forgive the bang-and-boom nature of these movies because of their staunchly heroic heroes.
In Guardians of the Galaxy, though, we don't have an incorruptible Captain America to ground the story in old-fashioned goodness, or a Thor to chastely woo Jane Foster. Even Tony Stark—arguably the most flawed of the Avengers—at least acknowledges that he has flaws. His drinking is clearly shown to get in the way of his superheroing; his arrogance sometimes leads to his near-undoing... See Full Review
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has its good aspects, but it’s a step down for Marvel in terms of storytelling. Some structural issues result in a slow middle act. Also, the ending has three climaxes. That said, there are many enjoyable moments and multiple positive messages such as selflessness, teamwork, becoming a more moral person, and a message against revenge. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY isn’t as family friendly as it should be. Its gritty characters use coarse language and there’s intense action violence... See Full Review
Though it aims for the same sort of character-driven superheroic fantasy as The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy falls far short of its goal. While lip service is paid to the idea of a band of misanthropic, greedy, self-involved loners overcoming their flaws to work together and save the day, in fact the film seems more interested in emphasizing the characters’ negative qualities. In its attempt at using swaggering panache to cover over these flaws, Guardians resembles nothing so much as a Star Wars knock-off made by Seth Rogen, a sort of sci-fi Superbad – complete with endless profanity, relentlessly sleazy sex talk, and cheesy ‘70s funk music blaring non-stop from the soundtrack. - See more at: http://w2.parentstv.org/Main/News/Detail.aspx?docID=3134#sthash.kqktd03q.dpuf... See Full Review
Like Spider-Man, The Avengers and the X-Men, this movie is packed with plenty of violence. While most of it is bloodless, there is still an abundance of fistfights, blazing guns, impalements and flying debris from massive explosions. (That’s what you pay the 3D up-charge for!) Countless hosts of faceless soldiers also die amid the mayhem. But the music, along with a hefty dose of humor, makes the brutality seem… well, less brutal. That can be good or bad depending on how comfortable you are with this type of action. Still, the pervasive fighting is something parents of younger viewers will want to consider before taking their kids to this PG-13 movie.
Thankfully the film has some redeeming qualities for older viewers... See Full Review
No need to be a sci-fi nerd or a comic book geek to enjoy it, the witty banter and charismatic characters will delight general audiences. Even if the biggest laughs come courtesy of a talking raccoon and the more poignant moments involve a monosyllabic tree... See Full Review
Laugh-out-loud funny and production-designed to death, “Guardians of the Galaxy” pops off the screen, the last but far from the least of the summer of 2014’s popcorn pictures.
A willing cast playing stupid-cool characters, video-game friendly action beats, ROFL gags and a touch of heart make this franchise-opener a rare pleasant surprise in a summer that has sorely lacked them... See Full ReviewJuly 29th, 2014 · Details