Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

…And then there came a day when Marvel Studios decided to make a movie, and settled on the most ridiculous idea they could come up with. Well, I’m sure it seemed ridiculous back when they decided to make an Iron Man movie, because he wasn’t a well-known superhero then (though, he wasn’t totally unknown either—I actually knew of him from some cartoons I grew up with). Then they made the big crossover event The Avengers, a ridiculous movie for a lot of reasons, and yet it succeeded.

And now, it almost feels like someone dared Marvel to see how ridiculous they could possibly get, and Marvel accepted the challenge and made a movie called Guardians of the Galaxy, about a space-based superhero team that no one’s ever heard of. My initial gut reaction when this movie was announced two years ago was, “This has to be a joke.” When it turned out it wasn’t a joke, I just kept asking, “Why?”

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But then slowly, I got more and more excited as the release date drew closer, and curiosity took over. Just the thought that Marvel would actually do something like this, and put so much money and effort into such a big gamble was incredible, especially when their competitor DC is still playing things as safe as possible. And now the movie is here, and it’s just as ridiculous as it sounds and looks. Which in all honesty is what makes it great.

In the movie, our hero is Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), clearly not your typical goody-two-shoes hero. In fact, he’s a scavenger and a thief making a living off the underground (the underground… of space!). Which becomes an important theme throughout the movie, as Quill has been ordered to acquire an orb for a client, only to find out that the orb is a heck of a lot more than what he thought it was, and suddenly he’s up to his neck in problems as everybody wants the same orb, all for their own selfish reasons.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Soon he’s thrown in a prison together with green-skinned Gamora (Zoe Saldana), who previously wanted to kill him so she could get to the orb, a talking raccoon named Rocket and a walking tree named Groot (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively), who both want to capture him to collect a bounty, and Drax (Dave Bautista) who at first wants to kill Gamora to get revenge on her adoptive father, but decides to wait until her insanely strong father comes for her to kill him personally.

So we’ve got five characters stuck with each other who are all different kinds of idiots, each in their own unique way, and they’ve all got their own conflicting goals. But then they have to work together when they’re suddenly caught up in something that concerns not just themselves, but the entire universe, and they have to overcome their differences and personal idiocy to succeed as the bunch of, well, losers that they kind of are.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

A big strength of the film is that it already knows it’s an absurd movie, but instead of trying to distance itself from the absurdity of it all, it embraces it fully and immerses us in its crazy universe. The movie is colorful, fast-paced, and the last thing you can fault it for is not being entertaining. It’s never boring, and not afraid of poking fun at its own characters, and fully acknowledging just why each of them is an idiot.

But at the same time, the film treats each character with deep respect, as you get the sense that there’s in fact much more to them, and something very genuine in their cores, which carries the movie along and makes for a likable and dynamic ensemble cast.

The movie looks beautiful. Each new place the movie visits is distinct and memorable. The film uses colors well, and manages to create new worlds that are wonderful to look at. In that regard, this will indeed be the movie that the next Star Wars has to look out for, as there will undoubtedly be a ton of comparisons between the two movies.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Also, the visuals are another middle finger to DC and Warner Brothers, who are trying so hard to make their movies look as serious and realistic as possible, and are already getting negative feedback from the muted colors seen in the images released so far for their upcoming Batman v. Superman.

Guardians of the Galaxy is just as good as everyone hoped it would be. It’s non-stop fun, it has lots of humor, and its heart is in the right place, with all of the characters undergoing their own transformations and becoming an efficient group of misfits by the end.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

The biggest complaint I have about the movie is that it sometimes feels a bit too crammed with story and action and exposition. A lot of things happen in its two-hour runtime, and sometimes you only have a short amount of time to digest a ton of information before the movie rushes forward to the next big scene. And much of the political discussions about alien planets I’d never heard of was flying right over my head, too. But it also flew right over the heads of the main characters, so clearly that was the idea.

It’s also great to finally see how the movie ties into the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with plot points hinted at in previous Marvel movies finally being explained. It wasn’t completely evident before now that teasers regarding Thanos and the Collector in previous movies were actually teasers for this movie.

Marvel took a huge gamble here, and bet a lot on this movie. They even took a risk by ending the movie with a big title card saying, “The Guardians of the Galaxy will return”. Thankfully, it’s a gamble that paid off.

The movie is full of memorable scenes, lines, and characters. This is a rare opportunity to see a fantastic, fun space adventure involving heroes that are a little (well, a lot) rough around the edges. It’s a movie that never holds back, immersing us one hundred percent in its universe and characters. And I for one am really excited about what could come next. What could possibly be more ridiculous than this?

Well, to those who have already seen the movie and stayed for the post-credits scene, you already know the answer to that question. I think it was just a joke, not a teaser for a future story, but it was a great joke all the same. I laughed so hard that I think the people around me were concerned about my mental state.

[—Editing/cleanup/revisions to this article provided by Dr. Winston O’Boogie.]

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  • Muthsarah

    “Guardians of the Galaxy is just as good as everyone hoped it would be.”

    One of these days, Sofie. One of these days….

    …I will actually feel likewise towards a geek-bait summer film. But, as with Pacific Rim, this movie was still too conservative and predictable and shallow and clunky for me to love it. Oh, I liked parts of it. Chris Pratt’s Star Lord was one of the most reliably funny characters in any comedy I’ve seen recently. And…well…Rocket was kinda funny too.

    But it was SOOO predictable. And I’d never even heard of GotG until a few months ago and have still not done the slightest bit of research into it. I wanted to go in as cold as possible. I was still a bit frozen in the center on my way out. I don’t want to go into spoilers

    SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS…SORTA, I mean, like, nothing serious.

    but suffice it to say, every scene played out exactly as I expected from a film like this, every character fit neatly into a cookie cutter type (I was especially disappointed at how Gamora turned out – which is not a spoiler, I’m talking everything about her). And the villain…

    …Maybe this was explained better in the comics (has to be), but…it’s really hard to find a character interesting in an action movie when I have no friggin’ idea what their physical (or magical) powers are, and whether or not they can even be hurt. The villain – whose name I can’t remember, so…Ned – was basically 100% invincible. And then he got stronger. And then he died. Because….something. After emerging from the crashed ship, entirely unscratched. Felt like the end of Galaxy Quest. I still don’t know what Ned’s deal was.

    And the mandatory token chick fight. Lotta spinning, lotta kicking. But Amy got blow’d up with a BFG earlier, and then just put herself back together in seconds. What exactly was the point of trying to kick her? What would it do? And Gamora can leap really, really far. So is she super-strong too? I dunno, and I just got out of the movie. Their fight felt meaningless. If I can’t appreciate why two characters are bothering to fight each other, or even how they’re expected to “win”, it just comes off like a light show. Might at well be zapping each other with lasers and saying “I shot you! I totally shot you! Now you’re dead!” At that point, I just wanted the movie to end. Or at least go back to the comedy. Someone over on Channel Awesome (some new guy) mentioned that his biggest gripe was that Ned was not a comedic character as well. That would have really, REALLY helped the movie out. When Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t being funny, it wasn’t working. Fortunately, it was pretty funny at times, so it gets by.

    Maybe I’m just ticked off that I have to add another movie to my growing list of recent films that have the “butt-kicking grrrl” character, who kicks the male lead’s butt at everything, but never actually rescues him, but instead has to be rescued herself, because….boobs. Or something. I predicted that going in (admittedly, I predict that in every movie), and BOOM, it happened again. WHY?! What is that supposed to mean for her character?

    Also, I have to point out that she’s the ONE character who isn’t an idiot in some sense. The girl. Has to be the sensible one. The boring one. The only one that NEVER gets to be funny. So the guys get to monopolize that. Again. Sigh. Not that I was especially looking forward to the comedy stylings of Zoe Saldana, but, still. Sigh. I keep hoping for something different in these “new” Marvel films, but they remain too damn timid.

    EDIT: Oh, and what was the point of the Collector scene?


    “The biggest complaint I have about the movie is that it sometimes feels a bit too crammed with story and action and exposition. ”

    Boy howdy! Clunky exposition, I expected. Weird premise, have to catch the audience up (hell, have to catch ME up). But I wasn’t expecting them to STILL be pausing the action for dry, momentum-killing exposition three-quarters of the way into the movie. Maybe….another draft? Combine some of these exposition scenes, make some a lil’ longer to reduce their absolute numbers? How about an opening title crawl, that might actually be cute if you can make it funny.

    It wasn’t a bad movie. It was certainly better than Pacific Rim. But…well…I watched this as part of a double-bill. After Hercules. Both movies were dumb. Both movies were flashy. Both movies had comedy. Both movies were ultimately entertaining, but not something I’d be excited to re-watch. But there wasn’t as much daylight between the movies as I was hoping for. Or expecting.

    Except for Star Lord.

    It was a B- movie for me. A high B-, but still. I was hoping to be as bowled over by this one as seemingly half the internet was sight-unseen.

    • Sofie Liv

      I guess our views on what makes a good movie are different.. which is fine, each to their own.

      It’s just in my personal opinon and taste, being predictable does not necesarily equal being bad, at all.
      In fact, I am a big fan of the classic fairy tale and story structure, and I find the best things often come out of people taking some-thing old they loved, and pay respect to that while putting a personal flavour in it making it into something new.
      Which I feel like this movie is, yup definetely a huge call back to old classic cheesy sci-fi, ala old doctor who and the original star was triology, but that does NOT make it a bad thing in my book, I love how the movie looks and paces itself.
      It is even often my wish that superhero movies would just be more simple and not be afraid of being old school instead of attempting to be so new and unique all the time. (looking at you DC.)
      I love the first Captain America movie, for being such a classic, old school, full of fun and triumph story.
      But that’s just my taste you don’t have to share it.

      As for women.. pffbah,
      I know, I know.. if anybody has complained about EXACTLY what you just mentioned, it’s me.
      But for me it’s difficult being any kind of angry on a movie that clearly tries, and tries very hard to include a number of females and put afford into this, and them not just being eye candy but having positions of power and plot functions.

      No Nebula did not have that much of a character to her beyond a one note motivation.. but neither did Rhonan really.. or Thanos! their motivations are equally one note.
      Gamora had genuine depth to her though, a back ground story, a motivation, a story arch.
      She was the arrogant one by the beginning, thinking herself way above these idiots she’s sourounded by, thinking she is way smarter and stronger, thusly better than them.
      But gradually finds out… she’s not, and not only that, they are the only thing she got, the only ones who would actually call the person Gamora a friend, not just say she is a daughter of Thanos and thusly must be treated like this.
      It’s a pretty good story arch of her own.

      Well, if I should place just one more complaint on the movie, running into spoiler territory here which is why I didn’t write it in the review, I didn’t want to spoil..
      To damn many fake outs… I mean to many times the movie wants us to think a character is either dead or dying.. and they are not.
      I think every single main character seemingly died at least ones.. that’s five.. that’s… That’s just to many times for one movie.
      One fake out, fine, most movies thus that, it’s a way for the hero to hit the lowest point and deal with reality of death and loosing, but five?
      Yet.. I am not to mad, because it had a message to it about the characters… they are a bunch of bloody loosers whom is WAY of out of their depth and WILL get their asses handed to them whenever they try to face this enemy, because they are that outmatched.
      Which is freaking great in my mind, I like it when it’s like that.

      It reminds me a bit of One Piece where I absolutely like the fact that the manga keeps reminding me the reader, that the main characters are definetely not the strongest in the world, not by a long stretch, and they are so out of their depth by default… all the time. They are so screwed.
      But that also helps sell the tension and the sense this might not go down as you exspect.

      I love the Disney Marvel movies for being such classic superhero movies, which doesn’t feel the need to re-invent the genre all the time.
      Instead they celebrate it! With happines, joy and bravour, and it makes me enjoy their movies because I can feel the enthusiasm behind it.

      I like it :)

      • Alexa

        Yeah Marvel is great with how they don’t try to ‘re-invent” superheroes, they just tell the stories and people will latch on, and they have latched on because the writing is not only faithful, but well written, and people who say they’re “safe” films tend to forget that. Somehow simple films are viewed as bad, which is very far the truth. Of course trying something different is great, but the fact that these films are being faithful and embracing these characters and expanding on this universe was very different, and not really done in live action form before. And those people I mentioned who think these movies are “too safe” tend to forget that as well. You have to form a foundation before building something intricate, is all I am saying.

        • Muthsarah

          It’s just that, with all the talk about how this movie was different, and CRA-ZY, and “oh my god, I can’t believe they even made this”….

          …it really wasn’t “out there” at all. Not remotely. Yeah, a tree or a raccoon as heros. That’s different. But it’s only skin-deep (or…bark?). It’s still the mute muscle with a sweetness inside him, and a short-tempered little guy tech whiz. Everything about this film that was “unique” was on the surface. It’s still the same story underneath, told in the exact same way. Same three-act structure, same “save the world” plot, same evil-because-evil villain, same bland allies (everyone good who wasn’t the big five), same ending. I saw Avengers, I saw Winter Soldier, I saw Thor. Because of that, there was nothing new here.

          Except for Star Lord.

          P.S. Admittedly, GotG was pretty good for a first entry in a series*. Usually, that’s either the weakest or the second-weakest. The first sets things up, the second USUALLY improves on it, and the third movie more often than not is a disaster, as all original inspiration is spent and the bean-counters just try to rush it to market before something else comes along. So…I’m still optimistic for GotG 2. Not enthusiastic, but…there’s room to grow here. Hopefully, the second movie can be truly zany, throw all caution to the wind, and create something totally, beautifully new: the full-bore, shameless action-blockbuster-comedy-that-doesn’t-suck. By Gar, it’s been awhile.

          * – Compared with X-Men 1, Spidey 1, Batman Begins, First Class, The First Avenger, Thor, Iron Man, and all the crappy ones I didn’t see because everyone said they were crappy…easily top tier. And if not #1…pretty close.

      • Muthsarah

        Her name was Nebula…? I completely failed to pick up on that. Hell, if she wasn’t played by Karen Gillan (who I knew before I even started with Who), she woulda been the most forgettable henchman/woman since Toad. Remember him? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t.

        Anyway, your (totally expected) joy at this film was still a delight (even if not delivered videographicallied an’ all). With films like this…I kinda wonder if I shouldn’t just live vicariously through those geek fans who can still accept and love a film at face value. I’m a total fuddy-duddy. Modern action scenes just plain SUCK to me. Too much editing ruins any flow. Makes them impossible for me to enjoy. Hence how I gravitate towards nitpicking them. It’s the only form of enjoyment I can take outta scenes like the Gamora…(looks above)…Nebula fight, or the mountain…fighting…things from Hobbit 1. You enjoy these scenes, I don’t. I don’t for a second think that makes me somehow better than you or anything. I just REALLY envy the enjoyment you feel. Because I’d love to share it. There have been several movies thus far this year that I’ve enjoyed, but action scenes…never work. And GotG DID rely rather heavily on extended action scenes. The lower-key they played them, the better they turned out. The big ending with


        The giant bad-guy spaceship veeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ssssssssssssllllllllllllllooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwlllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy crashing towards the planet of the people (some of whom looked really, really human, so what’s so unique about Star Lord….other than how funny he was?) went on forever, felt 1000000000000000000% reminiscent of both Avengers and Winter Soldier, and featured absolutely no-one other than the GotG that I felt I was even SUPPOSED to give a shrew’s tuchas about. Did this scene even work for you? I hafta ask. It was long. It was interminably long. And we all knew how it was gonna end. But it just went on and on and on and on and….


        The movie kept making the stakes FEEL like they were supposed to be big. But I didn’t even care about New York in Avengers, or…..$#!+, was it New York AGAIN in Winter Soldier….I seriously don’t know….?

        But WHO CARES about this bland planet we know nothing of? WHO?!! You? Did you? Do you think the movie really built up this planet as being worthy of caring about? Enough to make you think – formula be damned – that there was ANY risk that the good guys wouldn’t magically stop the bad guys at the last second? Like ALWAYS? Yeah, John C. Reilly was on it, and we all love him, but….

        I’m always happy to hear you enjoyed a film. It reminds me that you’re still posting stuff. Because one thing always leads to the other. You love everything. My God, of what stuff are you made such that you love everything? And where can I buy that, at a reasonable price?

        I WANT TO LOVE MOVIES AS YOU DO. I just don’t. I’m trying. I’m trying. I really, really wanna. But there’s always something stopping me.

        All the same, keep sharing. Don’t ever be discouraged by Grinches such as I. Shine on. Maybe I can still catch a ray or two.

        EDIT: K, don’t know how to delete the Grinch pick. No longer relevant. Please disregard.

        • CaptainCalvinCat

          I watched Guardians today – bought in on DVD and, expectedly, thought that it was not bad. It was not the “greatest movie of all time” – but it had definitely something going for it. It had fun – fun in abundance.

          Concerning the “Do you care” part of your answer, Muthsarah, I don’t care if Alderaan is blown into bits by the Death Star, because I don’t know anyone there (must be, because Star Wars is a fictional universe ^^) – but it is making Princess Jasmi… erm…. Leia care – it forces her to plea, verbally going on her knees, begging, that this planet should not be destroyed – and when Grand Moff Tarkin blows the planet to smithereens, we see, that she’s shaken, visibly moved… and since we sympathize with the character, we now too care about Alderaan and about any other planet, that is in the way of the empire and the death star.

          Same here – you’re right, I don’t care about that planet, where the last part takes place – but we see, that this planets defences are up, that the guardians want to save it – so, therefore – and might it just through us relating to the characters – we deem the planet worth being.

          By the way – you knew how it would end? You knew that Star Lord would break out into a dance, in order to distract Ronan? You knew, that Star Lord would grab the stone, that Groot would be ready to die in order to protect his newfound friends, that Gamora, Drax and Rocket would be willing to sacrifice their life together with Star Lord? You knew all that?
          Then, Muthsarah, I have an idea: Become a writer. Because since you know all that, you probably are able to come off with new ideas, bringing in new, fresh blood.

          And no, I don’t mean that in a childish “Then do something better” way, I really, really would encourage you to one up those studio bosses.

          Concerning the “I wanted to like the film”-part: I can relate. I really, really can relate. And I whip out the same, tired, old example, I bring out every time: Pulp Fiction.
          I wanted to like the movie, because – well: basically everyone and their mother is trying to convince me, that this flick is a masterpiece and that Quentin T. is basically a very awesome writer… but, all I see in this movie is a garbled mess. And yes, I watched it two to three times.
          then I thought “Well, might be that you just picked a bad example. People love ‘”I’m a celebrity, get me out of here” and you can’t stand this, people love “(land xyz) has talent” and you don’t like Dieter Bohlen – just watch another movie of Tarantinos body of work.”
          So I watched Reservoir Dogs and – that felt pretty shallow, too. Death proof was pretty bland and boring, the one time I actually was grinning, was when the girls were beating up Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russels character) – and that changed quickly, when they killed him.

          So I can with all sincerity, honesty and utter seriousness say, that the films of Quentin T. are just not my cup of tea, and that I see his work as relatively unoriginal etc. But – other people see him as a writing genius.

          So – don’t worry, we don’t see you as a grinch – just as a person with a different opinion.

          Edit: By the way, no it was not New York in Cap Am 2, that was Washington DC. ^^

          By the way 2: In the german version, at one point Star Lord is making a snide comment at a band called “Modern Talking” (which I approve of, good choice), but I ask myself, if he talked about that band in the english version, too.

          By the way 3: Yeah, I remember toad. ^^ He fought Storm and was killed by her – and was played by Darth Maul (Ray Park).

          • Jonathan Campbell

            Leia wasn’t THAT bothered, though…

            It was like, “Oh no…” (sad face). Next scene? Fine.

            Nearly had Lando killed over Han. But her home planet? Boo, hoo.

            Leia is not a good person, really.

    • Snaps Provolone

      Wait, you didn’t like Pacific Rim? What do you have against fun and excitement?

      • Muthsarah

        Well…hard to say. Short answer: Absolutely nothing.

        For one thing, I feel there’s a certain bar a movie has to meet for my emotional investment in their lead characters. Basically, I have to actually care whether they live or die. In Pacific Rim….sure, I liked Mako. To a point. The rest coulda all died in the first fight scene right before Cherno and Crimson Typhoon or whatever, and I wouldn’t have cared one way or another. I think that has something to do with why I didn’t enjoy any of the fight scenes in PR. Just didn’t. The movie was only fun when Ron Perlman was on screen. All other times…I was just bored.

        Then again, I don’t think I really have to be so invested to enjoy a “dumb” action movie. I certainly don’t care that much about the good guys in “Commando”. But at least they’re funny. Nor did I ever feel emotionally invested in the characters in “The Raid” or “Dredd”. But I loved those movies too.

        Maybe there’s something about the ratio of spectacle, scale, sfx and slo-mo to character give-a-$#!+-itude. Maybe Pacific Rim was so “big”-feeling a movie that I held it to a higher standard than I would a smaller film. Maybe PR came off too self-important or “significant” to get away with being so flat. Or maybe the action scenes felt too much like Transformers’: big things wailing at each other with nothing behind it to make it feel any more interesting to watch than a little boy banging his toys together.

        You know what woulda helped Pacific Rim? Star Lord.

        EDIT: Y’know, I mean that seriously. In retrospect. Big budget action movies these days don’t have much humor. Humor…well…Hollywood usually doesn’t do humor that well to begin with. One more moving part. But with Guardians….it was the only part that worked. So, yeah, no, I have nothing against fun. I like fun. Excitement…that might be the stickier wicket. Excitement needs something more behind it. Smashes, explosions, and fast-cutting (God, ESPECIALLY fast-cutting) does not “excite” me. At best, it bores me. Actually CARING about the characters and feeling genuinely uncertain about what they’re gonna do and what’s gonna happen to them is exciting. For me, The Grand Budapest Hotel is probably the most exciting movie of the year. Fun too.

    • Predictable? Well, yeah. There are generally three things in a story: characters, plot, and setting.
      If you have a crazy plot and setting then you need identifiable characters.
      If you have a crazy plot and characters, it helps to have a familiar setting.

      This movie had bonkers setting and very eclectic characters, so you needed a straight forward plot of: stop the bad guy with the thing. It is true of pretty much all Marvel’s films, because they are crazy to typical viewers.

      But like pizza, you should expect what they deliver. They were selling a crazy setting with aliens and a talking tree, plot has to be pretty standard or people are not going to be able to handle it.

      • Sofie Liv

        Well it certainly is a good case of, we got what the movie sold!

        It’s preciously the kind of fun action flick with memorable scenes, lines and characters that the posters and trailers were selling, so you can definetely not blame the movie for miss guiding us at all.

        I paid the price of entrance, to be entertained for two hours, and that’s what I got, plus more, because this happens to be one of those movies that can keep on entertaining me loooong after I saw it.
        All-ready now have I had a ton of laughs coming from just talking about the movie with my friends, speculating, quiting and running around like an idiot with a couple of other idiots yelling. “I AM GROOOOOOOT!”

        the movie has given me laughs and tons of funny happy moments allready, so yeah.. it was just… a very joyful ride.

        And this is certainly also the difference between good popcorn flick and bad popcorn flick.
        Unlike movies like the transformers it didn’t talk down to the audience, the plot made sense, the characters were distinct and memorable, the humour was genuinly funny, action was good..
        There is such a thing as quality popcorn flick that is made competently, and this is it.

        And I love how it aims to be a celebration of its legacy rather than a deconstruction.. I am fucking sick to death of deconstructions!
        By god! I swear, next time somebody anounched a “Re-interpretation.” or “de-construction.” or what-ever of some-thing.
        I’ll punch that bastard in the face!

  • MichaelANovelli

    Oh, they’ll bring him back! The signs have all been there!

  • Alexa

    They did indeed cram a lot of stuff in it, and thing I disliked the most was the pace, but I was having way too much fun to care.

    • Sofie Liv

      I sure also laughed a lot.

      Groot! I love Groot! And rocket! Those are the greatest pair of rouge space heroes ever!

      Han and Chewie.. sorry guys, you’ve been replaced!

      • AndyK

        Got to agree with that.
        Even if, from what I read, Rocket Raccoon isn’t the same as he was back in the 70s (he was a rather agreeable guy, but Brian Michael Bendis started writing him as a heroic psychopath and this is what we got), he’s still more likeable than in the comics.
        And it’s amazing how Groot manages to be likable and convey a whole range of emotions while only being able to say “I am Groot”. Both Vin Diesel and the people responsible for the CGI did a hell of a job with the character.

  • OK, what kind of voodoo magic are they using to pump out hit after hit after hit? One of these has to be a dud sooner or later.

    • Lord ShinyPants

      Joe Quesada made a deal with the devil. The cost was… Peter Parker’s marriage.

      • Sofie Liv

        Now every-thing makes sense!

    • E.Buzz Miller

      Focusing on character and remembering that not all superhero films have to be grim and gritty, and instead fun?
      If I had to pick one, it would be Ant-Man, not that it would be bad, but it’ll be a lesser known character in the same summer as Avengers 2.

      • AndyK

        I assume people had gone to see Ant-Man out of curiosity, as I did when GotG came out.
        I can’t say much about Ant-Man because work’s been strangling me this year and I couldn’t make it to the movies (hell, I only watched Age of Ultron after I bought the DVD!), but I wasn’t disappointed with GotG. In fact, I loved the movie. It’s fun, lighthearted, and not afraid of its silly bits (like the whole “pelvic sorcery” part, that tore me up). And I went to watch it, first and foremostly, because I didn’t know the comics or the characters – the best I knew was the Avengers EMH episode with Korvac, where they appear (and even then, Gamora and Drax weren’t part of the team in that episode). I’m sure a lot of other people had the same idea with them and with Ant-Man (I heard some of my friends say positive things about Ant-Man).

    • T. Morrissey

      You’ve got to be a huge incompetent to make a superhero movie that isn’t a hit. Even Green Lantern made over $200 million.

  • Moppet

    I had so much fun watching this movie, some of the most fun I’ve had at a movie in ages. The theater I was at had an audience that seemed to agree, I’ve been to quite a few movies, and, while I’ve seen entire audiences crack up, get involved, and enjoy this movie (and a rare few out there like it) had the audience doing these things constantly. It was as much a joy to be a part of the crowd as it was to watch. I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out.

    I laughed like an idiot at the post credit sequence, Howard the Duck was not something I was expecting to see, but I enjoyed none the less.

    • Sofie Liv

      I think the greatest sign of how this movie is going to stick is that litterately, the next day after having seen it, I went to a nerd convention, I said randomly out in the air. “I am groot.”

      And suddenly a guy answered in a yell. “I AM GROOT!”
      And another guy game running saying very seriously. “I am Groot.”

      And then a guy began to make the pulling up your middle finger then saying.. “Oh sorry, I didn’t know what that did.”

      And well that just means… This movie is memorable! It’s scenes, characters and quotes are memorable, none of us had had the chance to see the movie more than ones, and we were already quoting the shit out of it while discussing the characters and scenes.

      It’s just a fun flick!

  • Thanks to this review the movie sounds good, I can’t wait to see it. I hope it’s as good as everyone says it is.

    • Sofie Liv

      I sure hope you’ll have fun seeing it, and wont hating me for bringing your hopes up to high.

      • Just saw the movie and they hype the review brought up was spot on. I enjoyed almost every minute of movie, it was fun, clever and the best movie this year yet. Thanks! Now I love the review even more.

  • danbreunig

    Best summer movie I’ve seen in years that wasn’t produced as one part of a bigger universe, meaning not a sequel, prequel, reboot, reinterpretation, or rehash. I’ve never read the original comics–really the greatest and most education I got about the Marvel Universes, Avengers and X-Men and co. collectively and individually were all these movies from the last decade and then some researching them after the fact. As such, Guardians was absolute unknown territory and worked because of that. I’ve no idea how significant these guys are to the big name continuities (although I did notice some minor Avengers connections during the course of the film), and I’m glad to see that Marvel can dig into their collective character stockpile and pull up something nearly unknown, and make it a success. I agree with just about everything everyone wrote here already so there’s no need to emphasize again what makes GotG fun and workable. Just that I won’t need to see anything else theatre-wise the rest of the summer because this movie capped it for me better than I anticipated. Such fun and charm; I’m happy enough.

    • Moppet

      To be fair, it is part of a bigger Universe. It’s directly linked to the other Marvel movies, not just by literally being in the same Universe, but by being part of the same plotline. The end of the Avengers (Thanos) and the end of Thor the Dark World (The Collector) brought us here. This is one of three infinity stones we’ve encountered, and we saw the gauntlet the stones go in as early as the first Thor movie, in the vault, with the tesseract.

      This is in every way linked to the storyline all these films are building toward. Thanos. The Infinity Gauntlet. The Infinity Stones.

      Don’t even doubt it for a second.

      • Sofie Liv

        yeah the connection to the other marvel movies are HUGE! for instance, we actually saw those things that attcked earth in avengers, working for Thanos in this, they were there!

        So many things connected to the other movies and yet… it also works as its own solo entity where you don’t need to have seen any of the other movies to get it.

        That’s the real miracle! It both works as part of the big continuity, and as its own movies! A difficult balance that the harry potter movies never ever managed to reach. Those movies never worked as their own solo movies unfortunately.
        I can’t think of any other movie that both works so well as its own movie and a part of a continuity outside of the movie, just… jesus.

        • danbreunig

          Ever since Marvel started producing these movies en masse it was refreshing for me to see them do something besides Avengers, Spidey, X-Men, and various individual characters and combinations thereof under those umbrellas. But I’m also content to live the Marvel experience primarily through these movies alone and all the fan communities who educated me about these universes, including this one. As I mentioned I’ve never owned or read the comics, so I won’t know or be able to debate whatever Cyclops’ grades were in school, or Gwen Stacy’s family history, or what Hawkeye’s favorite toothpaste is, or even how Groot came to be or what have you. I was very content with what they produced here, especially functioning as a stand alone. And yet having that universal connection for the most devout fan.

          Blessed are the obscure, for they shall be recognized in time.

          • Sofie Liv

            Honestly, I had no clue what so ever what to exspect of this movie either.
            I had heard about NONE of these characters, every thing about them was a surprise to me.
            From how big a bunch of loosers they were to how stupid they could be.

            For some reason I thought rocket would be little mr. Cool.. he’s not, he’s a little annoying loud mouth.

            But, these were not bad surprises, I liked all of the character for what I saw them as on the screen, all of them.
            I got no clue where Groot came from or who Quills father is (though I am considering that quick wiki search to find that one out.)

            I think perhaps that was to the movies advantage, I went.. having no exspectations or ideas of what to exspect.

            There was no. “this is not the real superman, he wouldn’t act like that!” because.. i don’t know how these people! At all!

            I do now after having seen the movie, and I like the people I learned to know through the movie so.. yeah.. yeah.

          • danbreunig

            You just know Wikipedia will get wore out after this movie’s release weekend ;)

          • JD

            I read comic books till I found out that most girls didn’t.

            I had no clue at all who these guy were at all, never even heard of them.
            I think its good to go into a movie with no expectations no clue who the characters are and just enjoy the ride.which is probably why this movie will be huge no one but the delviest of comic book peoples will expect anything from it.

      • danbreunig

        Also to be fair I never doubted that in the first place. Like you said the biggest connection to the rest of Marvel history is now seeing a third Infinity Stone, plus a few characters whom I’ve never heard of before now but I still knew they’re not “just there”. Even going into the movie blind I knew there had to be something tying all these properties together in the Marvel household.

  • Thomas Stockel

    “Also, the visuals are another middle finger to DC and Warner Brothers,
    who are trying so hard to make their movies look as serious and
    realistic as possible, and are already getting negative feedback from the muted colors seen in the images released so far for their upcoming Batman V. Superman…”

    An excellent observation in wonderful review. Thanks, Sofie! I saw Guardians this weekend and loved the hell out of it.