Friday, January 16, 2015

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

What I love right away about "Guardians of the Galaxy" is that it is directed by James Gunn.   Here is this huge budget movie made by Marvel and Disney and what has James Gunn done prior to this?   I'm not underestimating him as a director at all (and this movie right here shows why you shouldn't), but for someone who worked their way through Troma (!) then debuted with the cult hit "Slither" and then did, umm... a segment on "Movie 43" (which I saw and I kind of wish I didn't) after a movie called "Super" that I haven't seen but is on Netflix so I will end up watching it eventually.    Oh yeah, and when not directing he did write the screenplay for the "Dawn of the Dead" remake which was directed by Zack Snyder who is just everywhere now in movies I watch and like.

So what do you really want out of a movie?  A diverse cast of characters given enough time to create backstories that have you invested in them?   A plot that isn't quite like every other plot out there today, despite this all being based on a comic book series?   Aliens and other strange creatures including a plant man that only says "I am Groot" and is voiced by Vin Diesel?  

Whoa.  Wait.  What?  Vin Diesel signed up for this movie so he could only say three words?   It seems like they could get some sort of unknown actor for such a brief sentence, but no, Riddick himself did the honors.   (Though, yes, he technically says four words ultimately)   That right there should be enough of a reason for you to want to watch this movie.

Oh, and there is also this little angry raccoon ("What's a raccoon?" - Rocket) who likes to blow things up and doesn't care about anyone or anything except for maybe Groot and his new found friends.    And, no, Rocket isn't even the leader of this group!   Star Lord is!   Which is even better because Star Lord cherishes a Sony Walkman and mixed tape his mom gave him before she died.   Yes, this movie does have a HUGE connection to cassette tapes which just makes it even THAT much more appealing to me.

I want to say two things about this movie which may or may not have been said before.   For one, you have to watch this movie and see the colorful cast of characters and wonder how we're so intolerant as a society on the whole when we don't even have pink people, green people or giant trees wandering around with us (yet?).    The second thing is a notion about Chris Pratt, the actor from "Parks and Recreation" who plays Star Lord in this movie and voiced Emmett, the hero of "The Lego Movie".     What if the new Jurassic Park series becomes a trilogy?   What if this has a third movie in the series as well?  (A second is already announced)   Does that mean a whole generation will grow up with Chris Pratt as their Harrison Ford?   Because I could see the connections between "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Star Wars" as well as "Jurassic Park" and "Indiana Jones".

I've mentioned that "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is amongst my top three movies of 2014 along with this and "The Lego Movie" and my rankings up there change periodically, but as of right now it's 1) "The Lego Movie", 2) "Guardians of the Galaxy" and 3) "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".    That is until I watch one of them again.

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