It’s got a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. It scores a 77 on Meta-Critic. It’s a 5 out of 5 in my book. Thanks to @GeekFitGirl and the Disney Parks Blog I was able to catch a pre-screening of this summer’s hottest action hero movie.
Guardian’s of the Galaxy is a movie that was introduced to a crowd of “huh?” and “Really, a talking Raccoon movie?” when it was announced two years ago. And for good reason GotG is one of those comic universes that most fans don’t know about. But I mean, come on, most fans only know about the big guys like the X-Men and Avengers. I could go into the history of the comic series, but you can also do the same thanks to any number of websites. What I want to do is let you know what I thought of the movie adaptation and the newest sibling to Iron Man, X-Men, Spiderman, and the Avengers.
This review will have some spoilers, but I’ll try not to reveal any major plot points or cool scenes.
I’ll try and keep this short and sweet. Go see the movie. There, done! But really, go see it. If you know nothing about GotG you’ll have a great time. If you’re a fan of the series you’ll have a great time, with a few caveats.
The movie itself was a fantastic blend of action, comedy, and the feels. It really felt like the Avengers but with more heart. The movie is set as an origin story. You see where Peter (Star Lord) started. You get some explanation to the back stories of the other characters. You see how they came together to form a team. But this also leaves about the first half of the movie pretty staggered. The teams don’t really start to mesh until about the mid point, but each individual character does a top notch job pulling off their respective roles. And they do have their moments of teamwork. But, this isn’t really a negative to the film as I believe it was written this way. It’s a story of outlaws and assassins, most that want to kill or capture each other, learning to work together and finding a common goal.
While it was a fun ride, I didn’t feel it was terribly accurate to the comics. There seemed to be a bit of creative license taken, especially with the history and background of Star Lord. SPOILER: in this movie his mother dies of cancer, not by an assault of aliens. And he never meets his father, rather his father remains a mystery the entire time. Now, that sort of thing is annoying but I think they were betting on not many people knowing the back story and using this as a plot device. Well, for this “story” it works. It allows a pivotal moment to happen later in the film. I must say my main disappointment came from the fact that Marvel released a series of comics specifically to fill in the character backstories and then the film directly contradicted that.
Putting that aside the characters seemed pretty true to their core. Peter is a snarky, laid back guy. Gamora was the tough assassin chick. Drax was ready for a fight. Rocket was, well, Rocket (i.e. sarcastic and generally pointing a gun at someone’s face). And Groot was ever the stalwart savior and companion.
Overall the film was genuinely enjoyable. At just over two hours long there were only a few moments I felt myself waiting for the next big thing to happen. That could also be because I was seeing the film on about three and a half hours of sleep. But overall the flow was really good.