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Old July 30 2014, 08:36 PM   #1
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GUARDIANS of the GALAXY - Grading & Discussion

***SPOILERS AHEAD***







When Iron Man came out years ago, who would have thought that we'd get a movie in the series that took place in outer space and featured a talking raccoon? Well, here we have it and the buzz so far is very good.
"With all the usual superheroes doing the same old same old for nine movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was getting a little too safe and dangerously repetitive. Guardians of the Galaxy gleefully breaks all the rules. This tenth movie in the Marvel series is not just good, it’s great as it blasts off into new territory with biting satire and radical thinking.

...the Guardians are led by a deliciously bonkers Chris Pratt as the orphaned and abducted Earthling Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord). Arrested for theft of a powerful orb, he is jailed with a green-skinned, yet gorgeous assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a literal-minded, muscle-bound warrior named Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a genetically modified, rapscallion raccoon named Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Rocket’s best buddy, a humanoid plant named Groot (voiced with remarkable vitality by Vin Diesel, especially considering the creature’s limited vocabulary).

Push comes to shove and this motley crew breaks out of prison and begins an uneasy truce that will eventually lead to their superhero status." - Read the full review.

And be sure to read Everything You Need To know Before Seeing 'Gardians of the Galaxy'
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Old July 31 2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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Re: GUARDIANS of the GALAXY - Grading & Discussion

I've got tickets to the 2-D showing at my local Regal for 7:40cst.
I'm highly looking forward to this and will give a report and grade tomorrow.

Who has the earliest viewing tonight? If I wanted to do 3-D I could've seen the IMAX at 7pm but I just don't see value in 3-D for my movie experience.
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Old July 31 2014, 04:32 PM   #3
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I would have been going right now, if work hadn't screwed me over with my hours. So now I'll be going tomorrow instead, and I can't wait!

My friend and I always go for the 3D option just because why not, but I'm hoping this actually utilizes it a bit, rather than most fair- Iron Man 3 for example. We saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last week too and that wasn't really worth it in 3D.
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Old July 31 2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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I saw it this morning (about 8 hours ago).

When this was announced I was pretty sure this would be the MCU's first real misfire (Iron Man 2 wasn't that bad). An obscure team, no 'big' heroes, nothing to latch onto. Oh, a dumb premise, a tree and a rodent. Even casting the radiant Karen Gillan didn't give me much hope.

As time went on I started to get a bit more optimistic. A good cast, fun trailers, maybe (just maybe) it wouldn't suck too badly. It might even be fun.

Well, it's a blast ! It's every bit as good as I might have hoped if I'd had high expectations. I can't say how well it represented the comics as I haven't read 'em, but it's fast, funny, exciting, has engaging characters (especially Groot somehow) and I just loved it and so did Jr.

I hope this gets good word of mouth as I get the feeling it could live or die by it. Thankfully, there's not much competition out there at the moment.

Sadly, I'd been spoiled for the after credit scene, but Jr.'s face was priceless. A real WTF moment...

I gave it an A - it'd have been A- but 'little Groot' got it an extra point. It's just short of The Avengers and Winter Soldier in my book. Not at all bad for a tongue in cheek romp !

P.S. - for a change, the 3D actually added to it.
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Old July 31 2014, 07:35 PM   #5
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I haven't written a full review yet. Solid 'A' from me. So much fun with a lot of heart. The cast were great, no big complaints. Looking forward to more and hopefully a meeting between the Guardians and the Avengers in the future .
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Old July 31 2014, 10:37 PM   #6
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Saw it. I have to say it was a typical Marvel movie with very good action and humor. The movie also benefited from not taking itself to seriously, which is understandable considering the premise.



Solid B+.
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Old July 31 2014, 11:53 PM   #7
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I was pretty hyped for it, based on the director and the trailers, and the movie was even better than I expected. It's the most entertaining movie I've seen at least since Pacific Rim.

A+.
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Old August 1 2014, 02:53 AM   #8
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A very entertaining film and a wonderful entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe because it's so different. Like I said in the initial post... Who would have thought that they'd take it this far?
  • I'd say this was something between Star Wars and Spaceballs.

  • The 3D really was spectacular. The complete opposite of the recent Planet of the Apes movie. I'm not saying that I'm warming up to 3D or anything because I'm not you know, but this was one of my better experiences.

  • We've talked about how changing the soundtrack of a show or movie can drastically change the whole tone. You can even take a gritty drama and turn it into a comedy by just making that one change, and this movie is a prime example of that. Adding a mixed tape of classic tunes to ordinarily dire moments really lightened this fim up profoundly.

  • Looks like we've got quite a story here with these infinity gems. I take it that they'll take up a lot of phase 3.

  • The Broker looked like Leonard Nimoy.

  • Bradley Cooper put in a great performance as Rocket Raccoon. I didn't even recognize his voice.

  • The giant severed head in space... Who's was it, or what was it? Will this be revisited at some point?

  • Want to see more of Zoe Saldana in action? Check out Colombiana. It's a flawed movie but she's quite good in it.

  • That was the most off-the-wall post credit scene yet.
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Old August 1 2014, 04:07 AM   #9
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I think it's great to see a film that doesn't take itself so seriously, but in this case the self-referential humour, pop culture references, and general silliness was no more than a mask used to hide the barebones plot and lack of quality.

Starlord mentioned Kevin Bacon and Footloose. It's funny because it's a reference. And, as this film repeatedly shows, a reference is all that you need to make a joke.

Rocket says that Drax takes everything literally. Cue several jokes where Drax takes a metaphor literally. Such clever writing.

Of course, that's not say that the film was terrible or even bad. It was okay. I gave it a C-. It's a passing grade, but come on Marvel. You can do better than this.
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Old August 1 2014, 08:35 AM   #10
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Hugely enjoyable, very funny, surprisingly moving - a great summer movie. It's the most fun I've had watching a movie in a long time and I can't wait to go see it again.
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Old August 1 2014, 10:00 AM   #11
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Amazing! Astounding! Awesome!

Can you guess my grade?

BTW, I somehow totally missed Nathan Fillion's supposed cameo. Was he the voice of Howard? The audience was laughing when he spoke, so I really didn't hear the voice.
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Old August 1 2014, 10:18 AM   #12
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Turtletrekker wrote: View Post
Amazing! Astounding! Awesome!

Can you guess my grade?

BTW, I somehow totally missed Nathan Fillion's supposed cameo. Was he the voice of Howard? The audience was laughing when he spoke, so I really didn't hear the voice.
According to IMDB, it's "monstrous inmate".
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Old August 1 2014, 10:38 AM   #13
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I thought it was fab. Loads of fun. Link to my review on Letterboxd:

http://letterboxd.com/blackster/film...of-the-galaxy/
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Old August 1 2014, 10:41 AM   #14
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ITL wrote: View Post
Turtletrekker wrote: View Post
Amazing! Astounding! Awesome!

Can you guess my grade?

BTW, I somehow totally missed Nathan Fillion's supposed cameo. Was he the voice of Howard? The audience was laughing when he spoke, so I really didn't hear the voice.
According to IMDB, it's "monstrous inmate".
AFAIR, it's probably the big blue guy who tried to intimidate Peter Quill.

BTW, there is a Lloyd Kaufman cameo in one of the first prison scenes.
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Old August 1 2014, 11:22 AM   #15
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I even kind of enjoyed the truly horrible selection of music on the 'mixtape' !
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