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Guardians Of The Galaxy: A Review

By now, most of you who stop by this blog probably realize that I am a huge comic book movie fan.  Due to business and vacations, I wasn’t able to make it to the theaters to see Amazing Spider-Man 2 or X-Men: Days Of Future Past.  However, this weekend Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuted and I was not going to be denied again.


Guardians is Marvel’s biggest risk since Iron Man.  Iron Man was their first.  They cast Robert Downey, Jr., who was considered a washed up addict.  Besides, who wanted to go watch movies based on what many considered Marvel’s B-team?  Marvel went ahead and the rest is history.

Now, Marvel decided to put out a movie based on a team of cosmic heroes who got their start in 1969 and few had heard of.  What were they thinking?  How could they take that chance when they had so many other characters who would make more sense?

Well, it worked out.

I don’t want to say that Guardians is better than The Avengers, but let’s just say that Marvel has a 1A, 1B and 1C.  The third entry into their best films is Captain America: Winter Soldier.  Take your pick from all three and you won’t go wrong.

Guardians works so well because it doesn’t take itself too seriously.  A half-Terran named Peter Quill who calls himself Starlord played by Chris Pratt, who wouldn’t normally be anyone’s choice to be a leading man hero type.  A green assassin who is Thanos’ adopted daughter played by Zoe Saldana, who is the reigning queen of genre films.  A genetically enhanced raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper?  A humanoid tree who’s only line is “I am Groot” voiced by Vin Diesel?  There were so many opportunities for this to go wrong.

From the opening scene of a young Peter Quill watching his mother die, with what seemed like a nod to Moondragon, to next seeing the adult Starlord dance his way in a cosmic Indiana Jones scene, Guardians of the Galaxy does not disappoint.  The only thing remotely negative is that we have to wait until July 2017 to see the Guardians return.

You can see the setup fo r Guardians 2 with the reveal about Peter Quill’s father not being Terran and that he was being pursued to be delivered to this father.  You can also see the continued setup for a showdown between Thanos and the Avengers.  It looks like we might get to see that in 2018.

What will be Marvel’s next big risk?  It has to be Ant-Man.  I think back to this time last year wondering if today’s movie would work.  It did and it gives me hope that Marvel will win with Ant-Man as well.

I give Guardians of the Galaxy 4 out of 4 Hollers in a Dunn Holler Movie Review.  Go see it and wait for one of the most enjoyable movie experiences in a long time.

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy?  Will you?

  1. August 4, 2014 at 5:04 am

    jo & I saw it last Friday. She went back Saturday to watch it with a couple ladies. The second time through was better she said. I laughed a lot through the movie. Thought Rocket stole the show. Liked the movie a lot but still think the Cap has it beat. 🙂

  2. August 4, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Just behind “Avengers” as my favorite. I was really surprised.

    My interest in “Ant Man” is lessened now hat Edgar Wright has pulled out of project. The potential script does not thrill me either as Pym would not be Ant Man in the Avengers in future movies. Which is likely why Ultron came before Ant Man anyway in the sequel sequence.

    I’m geeking out.

    • August 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      I’m ok with Edgar Wright walking because he didn’t really want to make a Marvel movie. He wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie and didn’t really want it tied to the rest of the MCU.

  3. robshep
    August 4, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I liked it a lot. I want to see it again in theaters. I think the awe of seeing so many superheroes come together for one film still sets Avengers apart. But Marvel has become the Pixar circa 2008 where they can’t go wrong.

    • August 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      That’s the second time I’ve heard the Pixar comparison. And because of what Marvel does, I dread what Fox is going to do with the Fantastic Four.

  4. jonstolpe
    August 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    My son and I went to see Transformers 4 this weekend. After reading so many great reviews, I think we’ll add this to our list.

  1. August 4, 2014 at 8:01 am

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