Loved it! It had adventure, laughs, and heart, and went by really quickly. Great acting all around, and great voice acting (with great visuals) for Cooper, Diesel, and Brolin. I appreciated the MacGuffin being acknowledged as a MacGuffin comparable to other famous MacGuffins such as the ark of the covenant and the maltese falcon :-)
Quibbles: it would have been nice to have more development for Karen Gillan and Djimon Hounsou's characters. And I would have preferred the part about Peter's mother to more closely reflect the comic version.
This review is NOT spoiler free! I don't really think there are a ton in here, but I'm not good at knowing what constitutes a spoiler, so I'm sorry in advance.
I absolutely loved it! One of my favorite of the Marvel Studio films. James Gunn did such a fantastic job of infusing the film with so much heart. I loved how we grew to care about the characters by laughing with them, and how by the end of the film we were almost in tears (if you're like me and were the only person in your group of friends who couldn't hold back the Groot-inspired tears). This cast was perfect from start to finish. I was very surprised and impressed by Dave Bautista. In the past, when I've seen the pro-wrestler on screen, I have found him rather bland, but his dry delivery really worked to bring Drax to life.
Even from the trailers I knew Chris Pratt was the guy to bring Star Lord to life, and he never disappointed. I loved the fact that we know that he left Earth in 1988, because his Han Solo/Indiana Jones swagger makes perfect sense in that light. His interactions with the rest of the Guardians really sold why he was on the team. This guy doesn't have anything that the others don't, in fact, he's not even the "schemer" of the group. He just has the heart to steer them in the right direction. I love it.
All the other Guardians were perfect as well, and I thought Lee Pace's Ronan was great. I know there are probably a lot of complaints to be had about underdeveloped villains, but I think we might be missing the point there. This was a story about a family being born, and Gunn gave us that story. Ronan, Nebula, and... whatever Hounsou's character's name was exist to move that story forward. But I think you have to give some credit to Gunn here for giving us enough time with Ronan and crew to make them intimidating and mysterious enough to make the threat real.
I know there's too much clunky exposition at times, but that's necessary for it to move at the brisk pace it does. I know we wish we could have seen more of certain supporting characters. I felt like the ending rushed in some unnecessary plot developments, including some stuff about Peter's Dad. But all of these points seem like minor quibbles to me. None of them totally pulled me out of the movie.
In the end, what worked best for me wasn't the humor, even though it was hilarious. It wasn't the world building and the widening of the scope for the Marvel Universe, even though that was beautiful and epic. It wasn't the action sequences and the brilliant sci-fi moments - I know it wasn't totally accurate to the books, but how cool was Yondu's arrow thing? What sold the film to me was how much Gunn cared and made us care about this family. I know most people loved the "We are Groot" moment, and I did too, but how wonderful was the moment at the end with Drax comforting Rocket? Absolutely wonderful. At first, I was afraid it would be comical to see him petting him, but it was so emotionally satisfying for me, that it was almost overwhelming.
I saw it last night, finally after a week of avoiding most of the internet (curse you films not getting to New Zealand faster). It was a great watch, not only did I enjoy the film, I felt inspired by it in a way that a film hasn't done to me in a long time.
Great characters, great action, great plot, gave me a great urge to do this:
Post by IncredibleD on Aug 15, 2014 17:16:20 GMT -5
Just saw Guardians and guess what...I LOVED IT!!!
I already knew it would probably be great(cause that was all i heard people say)but i think it even exceeded my expectations. I especially loved the characters, the ones i knew would be great were even greater than expected(ROCKET!GROOT!), and the ones i didn't think would be all that great were awesome(DRAX!GAMORA!NEBULA!)
I couldn't help but smile through most of the movie, the fact that they've made this movie still amazes me.And the sequel can't come soon enough for me!
Avengers is still number 1 for me, but this takes second place now(sorry Cap 2...)
And now i've gotta listen to a whole lot of podcasts...and listen to that fantastic soundtrack!
Ahhh! My copy of GotG FINALLY arrived! I *was* planning on doing something productive tonight, you know getting ready for the holidays etc., but chores will have to wait! I am going to work my way through the bonus features and then watch the movie. iamexcite!
Even if you don't have the blu-ray/dvd, people have probably watched most of the deleted scenes etc online by now. What do you think about the featurettes, deleted scenes etc.? I have a feeling I am going to come back to the Age of Ultron bit more than a few times between now & the film's release.