Saturday, August 2, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy Review
Being that this is an origin story for a group of unknown superheroes, the movie was forced to spend much of the time introducing the characters and letting the audience get to know them. This isn't a bad thing. Just a necessary thing that all superhero origin stories have to deal with. This usually means that the plot and the villain are somewhat limited as compared to what sequels are able to do. You don't want to throw out the huge arch-nemesis right at the beginning. And you don't want to spend the majority of the movie with your superhero fighting that arch-nemesis because if a connection isn't established, the audience isn't going to be as emotionally invested in this huge moment of the franchise. Just look at all the best superhero franchises and you will see that this is the case the majority of the time. The big fight and the big villain are always saved for later, thus often making for a more liked movie. And even if we branch out to other non-superhero franchises, this is the case. The Dark Knight, Empire Strikes Back and The Two Towers are classic examples of this.
Also, the villain conundrum of not having the huge arch-nemesis as your very first villain hurts this movie a bit. Ronan is a decent villain, but he's not a memorable one. In five or ten years from now, we will look back at all the movies that have been made up to that point and we will probably forget that Ronan even existed at that point. Ronan might not be the worst villain that Marvel has introduced, but if I were to rank all of the current Marvel villains, he'd already be towards the bottom and we haven't even gotten to Ultron or Thanos.
But enough is enough. No, this isn't the best movie ever, but it's certainly a great movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. And what made this work is the brilliant chemistry between our five guardians. Chris Pratt is amazing as Star-Lord and with this, The LEGO Movie and next year's Jurassic World, it's certainly a great time in his career. Zoe Saldana is awesome as Gamora. It seems like she's just great when you change her skin color (she's blue in Avatar and green in this -- her two biggest roles). Dave Bautista isn't the best actor, but him as Drax works rather well. And finally, the two characters that totally steal the show are Bradley Cooper's Rocket and Vin Diesel's Groot. Rocket is absolutely hilarious. Groot is both adorable and awesome. I'm really quite impressed that he could be that awesome with only saying three words the entire movie, "I am Groot." Not only were these characters awesome and hilarious, but they had a surprising amount of depth and character growth as the movie went.
Overall I did love this movie. No, I didn't think it was the best ever, but that doesn't matter. If you did think it was the best ever, we really don't disagree all that much. It was limited by the fact that it needed to spend a lot of time helping us as an audience get to know these instead of telling an epic story. It was also limited by the fact that it couldn't introduce their best villain in this show. However, that's not an excuse because even if they couldn't introduce the franchise's main villain, they could've done better than what they did. Despite that though, Guradians of the Galaxy is a hilarious movie with great drama and great chemistry. I think that the sequel that was already announced at Comic-Con has the potential to be bigger and better, and thus I am super excited for the direction of this franchise. And I also look forward to a potential teaming-up of the Guardians and the Avengers (Avengers 3?). I give Guardians of the Galaxy an 8.5/10.
P.S.- Any thoughts on the purpose of that end credits scene?