Guardians of the Galaxy (movie review)

We saw Guardians of the Galaxy this past Sunday with a full house at 10:50 AM. The movie is filled with murder, violence, profanity, betrayal, torture, sadness, jokes, pop songs from the 1970s, abduction, deaths of innocents, more murder, more violence… and it’s probably the most fun you’ll have at the movies this year.

“And there’s your blurb,” as Christy Lemire would say.

I’m a comic book guy, but I was shocked when I saw the press release for Guardians of the Galaxy. I know Marvel has sold off the film rights for the X-Men, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four franchises, but Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t exactly one of their first tier properties. I remember thinking, “They’re making a movie about the comic with the tree guy and the racoon?” Then I saw the trailer and thought, “Well… it looks like they know what they’re doing.” And now, a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from ‎189 reviews later, I think it’s safe to say that just about everybody thinks this is a good/great movie.

I’m no different – I liked the movie a lot. I don’t think it was flawless, but it moves so smoothly that you’ll overlook it’s flubs easily. I had no idea it was 121 minutes – I had to look it up. I didn’t feel the running time at all. The movie does a great job of conveying a lot with a quick scene or a simple image – the character design helps, too. The casting is perfect and the filmmakers knew exactly how to make you care about this group of characters with relative ease.

So yeah, it’s a good movie.

If it’s not obvious from the trailer, this one is probably not ok for the real little kids, but then, what Marvel movie is? I’d say this is for the age 11 and up crowd, something like that… kids old enough to realize they shouldn’t call someone “a dick” in any situation.


Zoom out, yo!
What is this, Batman Begins? There are some fight scenes where I had a hard time telling who was hitting who, but I’ve seen worse… the first Transformers movie comes to mind.

Mom’s theory
This isn’t the sort of movie my mom would see by choice, but since one mom was the Chairwoman in Charge of Seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, I decided my mom should come with us, too. My mom quickly put together the theory that Yondu (MIchael Rooker in blue makeup) is Peter’s father based on Peter’s mom saying that his dad was “an angel” and Yondu saying that he “looked like an angel.” It’s a solid theory, but I imagine that opens it up to his father being anyone that’s blue/a Kree.

“They got my dick message!”
Is that the best line you’ve ever heard in a Marvel movie? I think the answer is an undisputed yes.

“Hey! I didn’t know you were coming to this party!”
Well done casting department for bringing in the aforementioned Rooker, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and the return of Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. I had no idea Reilly, Rooker and Close would be in the movie – a welcome surprise for sure. (Feel like I’m selling the performances in this movie short – there are a ton of great performances in this flick. Kudos to the director and producer for keeping this insanity train on the tracks! )

As you could tell from the commercial, this movie is stuffed with vintage pop songs, but there’s some lovely score moments too – especially for Groot.

Actors in makeup! What a concept!
The movie has its share of digital characters, but I loved that they mixed in tons of actors in makeup. It looked great.

What’s this mean for the Marvel movie-verse?
Ever since The Collector popped up, I presume we’re making our way toward assembling the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers 3. It seems like a fitting way to end the current Marvel movie-verse’s contracts, when I presume they will kill off Steve Rogers. This flick also leaves the door open for a Nova movie, which I don’t particularly want to see… but then, I didn’t especially want to see a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and that certainly worked out fine.

I can’t say enough good things about it, so I’ll stop trying – Guardians of the Galaxy was a great time at the movie. I’m giving it a 9 out of 10 and I hope to see it one more time before it leaves theaters.

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