Monday, August 11, 2014

Movie Monday: Guardians of the Galaxy

Several things to note before we get this properly underway:
1. This will contain no spoilers. Well. Not unless you click through the jumpcut, anyway.
2. Movie Monday is going to become a "when I feel like it" thing rather than a regular weekly post. Because it's starting to get really hard to find movies that I love but haven't talked about yet. And a lot of the ones I have left that I want to talk about are movies that you need to be in the right headspace to watch (like The Shawshank Redemption or To Kill a Mockingbird)...
3. Sorry it's been crazy quiet around here recently. VEDA is taking up all my time and creativity. But, you know, you can go watch my videos if you really want to see what I've been up to lately. (Warning: may contain me humiliating myself)

Right. That's the housekeeping stuff out of the way. Let's talk about the latest piece of Marvel fabulousness, shall we?

Things I loved:
- Chris Pratt. I was honestly not expecting him to be that great considering he's basically never had a leading role in a major movie until now. But he was FANTASTIC.
- The humour in the script.
- Glenn Close. It may have been a minor part, but she was great in it. As was her hair.
- The script.
- Rocket. Particularly his "I didn't ask to be made" speech, which gave me feels. Yes, a talking raccoon gave me feels.
- The emotion in the script.
- Groot. Hands down my favourite thing.
- Did I mention the script? It was written by a female rocket scientist. Uh, WIN.
- Gamora. Total badass.
- The special effects and the attention to detail in creating so many alien characters was second to none.
- Dance off.
- The spaceships. They were amazing.
- Rocket and his obsession with stealing people's prosthetics. God knows what he'd do if he met Bucky Barnes...

Things I wasn't so keen on:
- Crying over a talking raccoon and a talking tree. (Which says more about me than the movie. Mostly I can't believe that I cried over a talking raccoon and a talking tree. Because that's really weird, yo.)
- The post credits scene. Usually I adore the Marvel post credits scenes. But I felt ripped off by this one. I mean, I sat through like ten minutes worth of credits for HOWARD THE DUCK?!?!?!?!?!
- I found it hard to engage with elements of the story. I think it's in part because they were trying to introduce five heroes and their five backstories and how they came together AND how they saved the world all in the one movie. Maybe if I'd read the GotG comics, I would have been more engaged?? I imagine this is how my little brother felt when he watched The Avengers without having seen Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, or Captain America...
- There wasn't a lot of time for world building, which probably didn't help me engage at times.

Don't get me wrong, I still loved it. Like, a lot. It was a hell of a lot of fun from start to finish. But my pick for Marvel movie of the year still goes to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Have you seen Guardians yet? What did you think?

K xx


  1. I loved this movie, and pretty much just agree with your thoughts.

    However, I wish the opening scenes weren't quite as... graphic (?) as they were. I was openly sobbing. They could have given the gist of what happened without being quite so realistic (it's not like the rest of it was realistic at all!).

    I would say this was just my personal bias, but other people I know felt the same way. Made it harder for me to get into a good humour for the rest of the movie.

  2. I want to see it! But I'm saving up for Mockingjay. ;) I'm still absolutely keen on this though because: MARVEL. Since when do they do something sucky?? Never. Nope. Plus I need to see a movie with a talking raccoon. It's been a long time since I watched Farthing Wood as a kid.


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