Hello, all! So I’ve been hemming and hawing over doing this review for ages (ok, maybe a week) because I hate doing reviews where I spend the whole time flipping out over how much I enjoyed the movie. This, sadly, will be one of that variety.
Remember this review, where I said GOTG, and I quote (myself), “kinda looked like sh*t?” I ate my words, because it was amazing.
As I’m sure you know by now, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a group of misfits brought together by their all having been arrested at the same time, which as we all know is the most promising way to make friends. When a threat to the capital of the galaxy surfaces, they team up to save a planet from destruction.
They do realize that galaxy ≠ universe, right? Guardians of the Universe doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, I guess.
I know it’s been said before (I read movie reviews like teenage girls read stupid teenage girl magazines)(quality simile there, Olive), but Marvel took a huge risk in making this movie, and it paid off. The talking raccoon and anthropomorphic tree were a lovable team, and the music that I considered totally inappropriate for an action movie added to the overall comedic flare. Kind of reminded me of Supernatural in that way…aaaand back to the review.
This movie had a perfect balance of intense explosive action sequences and well-timed comedy. And yes, it is so very quotable, but some of the best scenes were those with no words at all…Groot silently smashing the life out of a bunch of dudes and then flashing this adorable grin comes to mind.
As for the characters, I loved how every one of them had a story that added to rather than detracted from the plot. They shared the spotlight nicely, emphasizing the unique experiences that brought them together in the first place.
And as a The Walking Dead fan, having Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) basically playing himself as the blue outlaw Yondu was kinda perfect.
Ok, enough raving. Time for the not-so-good stuff. The main villain, Ronan the Accuser (why wasn’t it spelled Ronin, like the Japanese warriors? That makes so much more sense), was kinda boring. There, I said it, he was boring. You didn’t ever care why he was fighting so hard to destroy everything, because it was never explained. The audience was just left to assume that he had some sort of insane-religious-zealot-bloodlust, which, although plausible, is a bit lazy on the writers’ part. I’d like to say the heroes made up for the villains in this movie, and they did, but a villain like Loki (I am rather partial to Loki and his tragic backstory) in a movie like this would’ve been the icing on an already-delicious cake.
Y/N: Am I hungry right now?
The only other criticism I have, and one that I have for a lot of action movies, is the lack of female characters that actually have a point. I get that these characters have already been established in comics and whatnot, but come on, can we spend more time with the camera on her face rather than her ass? Yes? No? Maybe? Ok!
But yeah. Besides a few minor critiques, this movie was excellent, and I am very very VERY excited for its sequel. I also may be
purchasing downloading the soundtrack. GOD I love movies with a good soundtrack.
Side note: I think this review was just me learning how to not judge something before you get to know it…
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