Sunday, August 3, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Director: James Gunn

Writers: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning

Composer: Tyler Bates

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Nathan Fillion, Rob Zombie, Tyler Bates, James Gunn, Lloyd Kaufman

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You're Welcome

Plot: In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Fun flick.  I'm going to have to see it again to see if it was just me (I was tired when I saw it) but I think I really dug it.  The characters make the flick.  Chris Pratt is a lot of fun as the leader of the group, Peter Quill (AKA Starlord).  His introduction is pretty hilarious BUT a lot of it is spoiled by the trailer.  Zoe Saldana goes green.  She's cool as Gamora but her character is more serious and doesn't bring the fun like all the others do.  Groot (the tree dude played by Vin Diesel) has some great moments.  How about that smile?  I about lost my shit when that happened.  Bradley Cooper as Rocket was fucking hilarious and steals a few scenes from everyone else.  And then there's the wonderful performance by Dave Bautista as Drax.  He's the big muscular guy you see in the trailer.  I loved this character almost more than any others.  The special effects are fantastic.  My only complaint about them is that there are many scenes where there's just too much going on.  You know like lots of shit everywhere you see as if to fill the screen with as much stuff as possible.  The ending is OK I guess but I've got to call shenanigans on the whole stupid cop out explanation of why a certain someone was able to touch something and still be alive.  That was bullshit.  But then, like it often happens in the film, it's followed up by some great laughs.  Be sure to stay until after the credits for a hilarious cameo by a beloved 70s Marvel comics character.  GotG is not perfect but then few movies are.  I really enjoyed it and laughed my ass off.  It's a different kind of Marvel comic movie but there's no doubt that it's definitely tied into the same universe with some familiar names and faces thrown in.  I'm looking forward to the next GotG which has already been announced for 2017. 

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