Hey Internet, so before we get to today’s wonderfully awesome review of a pretty wonderfully awesome movie, I must impart to you a tiny nugget of sadness. A nugget that will sit on the top of this wonderful Sunday that is today’s blog post and will be with you all through next week in a sad little corner of nuggetry. I will not be posting next week. I know. I know. It’s okay, let it out. I’ll be in Maine for a week teaching a drama camp and working on my ability to slowly freeze to death. So hang in there guys, and remember, I’ll always be here for you… except for next week… as we discussed. So anyway…
Micah Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy
I’ve been riding the hype train for Guardians of the Galaxy for like a year. In fact I have been DRIVING the hype train. With a hype hat and matching gloves. So could it possibly live up to the expectations of my train… Or some other things that makes more sense with this metaphor? In short: yes. Yes it could.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens with a little boy and he’s sad about… about something. I don’t know…. There was a thing and it was unfortunate… And then he got abducted by aliens and everything was AWESOME! We jump forward about twenty years and rediscover our little boy now in the grown up and awesome form of Peter Quill aka (according to some) Star Lord. Peter breaks into a decrepit old temple, does some dancing, and then steals a valuable orb to sell to the highest bidder.
Unfortunately, he’s not the only one after it, and he is soon afterword caught up in a galaxy’s worth of trouble with four misfits, one huge problem, and a couple people out to kill them all! So, can a raccoon, a tree, an assassin, a crazy huge crazy person, and a formerly abducted person during a sad situation that I don’t remember, save the galaxy???
Can’t talk enough about the script for this movie. It was spot on (except for ya know… one or two things) but the overall flow of the movie is incredible. The characters are smart, the world/galaxy is amazing, and the movie has an amazing sense of humor and tone about it.
Chris Pratt is great as Peter Quill. The whole cast has a few weak points but Pratt carries the movie from start to finish with great comedic timing, and a surprising amount of heart. Also backing up Pratt is a great performance by Bradley Cooper doing the voice work for Rocket Raccoon who steals just about every scene he’s in.
The soundtrack also deserves its own prop in the pro prop proportion production. The songs are great and they really help set the tone for the crazy pace of the movie and the world that Guardians of the Galaxy builds.
The action is very well done and the visuals are incredibly well realized and have a very distinct look to them. It’s not just another run in the mill sci-fi, spacey looking movie that looks like other spacey looking movies. It’s incredibly distinct and incredibly awesome. Deal with it.
Also, some serious mad props to Marvel for having the guts to make this film. It’s VERY different from anything they’ve done before, and a refreshing change of pace from a long line of sequels and the dark gritty grit grit of some other comic franchises. Before anything else Guardians of the Galaxy wants to be fun, and it absolutely is. Yes it has some tender moments, and yeah it works into the rest of the “MARVEL UNIVERSE” but this movie has the guts to be incredibly different in a comic book world that is starting to look a little samey. So thanks Guardians, for showing us that comic book movies don’t have to be sequels (Captain America) or dark and moody (Man of Steel) but can just be a ton of fun!
Umm… one or two small script things kinda stuck out but it was literally one word here or there. So nothing too much to criticize there.
Thanos is just not doing it for me. He looks like Barney’s ugly cousin. Or perhaps his alter-ego. Like evil-Barney. I can totally see that being a thing.
Also the post credits scene is a waste of your time. Unless you’re fond of old, terrible, comic books movies, from the 80’s you should really just leave the theatre. Seriously though. Leave. Walk out. Run out. Run out and bang your head against a wall for five minutes, it will be more fun than watching the end credits scene.
Guardians of the Galaxy is awesome!!! Go watch it. Leave now. Watch it. Watch yourself laugh, watch yourself enjoy yourself. You’ll thank me later. Your face will thank me later. Go watch this movie.
I give it 4 awesome evil Barney’s out of 5.
So there you go gentlemen. Ladies. Guardians of the Galaxy, I was totally awesomely right. You’re welcome. Bear in mind, I will be gone next week so… I don’t know, watch Guardians of the Galaxy for me.