Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy [2014]

"I have part of a plan!"

Background:
Release Date: 31 July 2014 (Malaysia), 1 August 2014 (USA)
Directed By: James Gunn
Written By: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper (voice), Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker
Duration: 121 minutes


In A Nutshell:
Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt), also known by the name 'Star- Lord', is part of a group of thieves and smugglers called 'The Ravengers'. Quill gains possession of an orb which turns out can be used to destroy entire universes. Ronan (played by Lee Pace), one of most deadly villains around, pursues Quill in seek of the orb for that very disastrous reason. 
In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced to form an uneasy truce with a group of individual misfits. They are Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) -- who is betraying both Ronan and her adopted father Thanos (that guy in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers [2012] -- this time played by Josh Brolin), Rocket (voiced by Bradly Cooper) -- a genetically engineered raccoon and bounty hunter, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) -- an extraterrestrial tree-like creature who is also Rocket's accomplice, and Draxx The Destroyer (played by Dave Bautista) -- a warrior with a personal vendetta against Ronan.


Thumbs Up:
+ Personality quirks. Almost each and every character is uniquely developed and interesting.
+ There's a joke, punchline, or pop-culture reference in every other line of dialogue.
+ Superheroes and space adventures -- absolutely my kind of thing!
+ Awesome mix tape -- catchy and surprisingly fits the movie.
+ Ronan -- an extremely terrifying villain. Can't wait for when Thanos actually plays a major part in a Marvel movie. Brace yourselves when that time comes people!



+ "I am Groot!" -- with all the silliness and flaws of the other characters, Groot is refreshingly innocent. Other films have comic relief, but with this film throwing jokes every two seconds, Groot provides a more heart-felt and grounded relief. Is there an actual term for this?
+ The legend of Footloose [1984] and Kevin Bacon
+ "What are you doing?" -- I don't want to spoil things any further, but when you get to the scene with this line in it, you'll understand.

photo from here
Thumbs Down:
- The film tries to establish its many characters while at the same time set-up story-lines for future Marvel instalments. At times this makes it fall victim to having the feel of 'too much going on'.
- Post-credits scene. What a let-down. We want to see something that set-ups future Marvel movies. Hello, Avengers: Age Of Ultron [2015] is coming out next year!


The Verdict Is In:
With Guardians Of The Galaxy being one of Marvel's lesser known characters, the movie is a solid introduction. It kinda feels like a quirky version of Star Wars (and no, not the prequels -- thank God there's no Jar-Jar Binks or Anakin here). Definitely not a 'masterpiece' like some reviews are claiming. But still, its a fun and enjoyable ride nevertheless. Looking forward to future instalments in the series!
Rating:
7.5 out of 10

20 comments:

  1. Great review! Guardians is one of the things in the Marvelverse that I know the least about, so I'm going in pretty blind, but still looking forward to it.

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    1. I'm not very familiar with them too. I mostly know Thanos and have seen some of the individual characters in other comics, but that's it. This is a good introduction for them I guess.

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  2. Great review. I'm really looking fwd to seeing it this weekend! As a non-Vin Diesel fan and a non-Bradley Cooper fan, you've made me feel better about the movie.

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    1. Haha... you just get to hear their voices. In fact Vin Diesel just repeats the same line over and over.

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  3. I love love love this movie!! I should have my review up on Monday. I agree with the post credit scene. What a dud! Did I really sit there for that mess??? Speaking of Vin... I am dying to know how much he got paid for saying that one line??

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    1. I think other than the voice, I think Vin Diesel provided the motion capture too. But still overpaid what ever amount he got! :)

      I read director James Gunn's comment that the post-credit scene would be awesome.... it was definitely NOT!

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    2. If I can find the time... I'm pretty swamped at work for these next few weeks :(

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  4. Great to read all those positive reviews, I really cannot wait to see it! Shame about post credits scene they really should be setting up Age of Ultron

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    1. Take caution. .. too many positive reviews can take your expectations too high. But yeah, this is an enjoyable movie. Haha!

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  5. "What are you doing?" -- I don't want to spoil things any further, but when you get to the scene with this line in it, you'll understand.

    BEST PART EVER!

    aku impress with Batista ...i like his character the most .. dan aku kecewa ngan Gamora ... Zoe is just tooooooooooooo Skinny to be Gamora.

    end credits scene tu ...aku rasa dia nak ikut tema quirkiness of the flick .. kot.. was expecting more yes...but aku gelak gak...malah masa scene collector i was looking around ...mana tau ada familiar faces (phoenix ke ...i wish kan)

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    1. Haha... unfortunately Marvel Studios doesn't own the movie rights to Phoenix!

      Aku still suka Zoe, but maybe that's because I like slim girls, haha!

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    2. oh yea lupa bout that...can't they all just get along...kan senang hidup...
      it's not that Zoe is just too skinny sebenarnyer...I mean tgk lah Chronicles of Riddick...hebat curves...but dia typecast sangat sbg wanita2 camni...dah buhsan lak tgk dia berlakon watak camni...should have brought in a newbie

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    3. Kalo diorg semua bole get along... heaven!!

      I understand what you mean.... like Gal Gadot playing Wonder Women in Batman vs Superman.... she has buffed-up a little though..

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    4. exactly! someone belum naik lagi ... however ingat lagi rumors ngatakan Terminatrix mungkin played by Chyna ! though someone new ...xmo aku Terminator berupakan Chyna

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    5. Another thiing, I don't think Chyna can act!!!

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  7. Props to this movie for shutting down the haters and blowing-up box offices across the globe. I don't care how skinny Zoe is or how much Vin got paid to say his line, this movie rocked from beginning to end. #preach

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